Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Henri Nouwen, Duke Ellington, Leonard Ravenhill, Georges Lefevre, Julian of Norwich, Lama Surya Das
Why do humans pray? From unearthed ancient articles, it appears that the
human "animal" has always had the prayerful inclination. Atheists like to
claim that prayer is a human invention stemming from insecurity. I counter
that man's inherent self-centeredness (picture children wanting their own
way) argues against a human urge to bow before a being who cannot be
seen or touched, and argues for man trying to put himself first.
No, the flickering of wonder inside the human heart cannot be manmade.
We're not even clever enough to invent it. The precious longing that pulls
us toward the divine has been placed within us; indeed, it is the divine,
living in the silence between heartbeats even as He causes the heart to
beat with life that draws us to prayer. All prayer is really one: the longing
for relationship between the Creator and the created. Precious love.
Photo by Stephen Bowman All rights reserved
It is God's passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer.
Prayer comes from God's initiative, not ours. It might sound shocking,
but it is biblical to say: God wants us more than we want God!...
Prayer is the way to let the life-giving Spirit of God penetrate
all the corners of my being. Prayer is the divine instrument
of my wholeness, unity and inner peace.
Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)
Catholic priest and prolific writer
Excerpted from "The Only Necessary Thing:
Living a Prayerful Life"
Every man prays in his own language,
and there is no language that God does not understand.
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
African-American composer, pianist, band leader
A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge,
even Bible knowledge. But he prays because
his soul is hungry for God.
Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)
English evangelist and author
Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone;
with Him who alone can deliver us from solitude.
God wants us to understand prayer. First, we must know
through whom and how our prayer begins; so he told me:
I am the foundation.
Second, he wishes to teach us how to pray best:
our will should be conformed joyfully to God's will.
Third, he desires us to know the fruit and outcome of our prayer:
to be united and similar to our Lord in all things.
God intends our prayer and trust to be magnanimous.
If we do not trust as much as we pray we do not honor
God fully, and we place obstacles in our path. This happens
because we do not realize that God himself is the ground of
our praying. Our very ability to pray is a gift of hi loving grace.
We cannot ask for mercy and grace unless they have first been
extended to us. Sometimes it seems after praying a long time
we have received no answer. Do not let this get us down.
God simply wishes we should wait for a more suitable time,
or more grace, or a better gift.
Julian of Norwich (1342- c. 1416)
Anchoress (hermit) at England's Church of St. Julian
The Last Word:
Life is precious.
Handle with prayer.
Lama Surya Das
Excerpted from "Words of Wisdom,"
Koa Books, 2008
Random Bonus Quote:
According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.
Number two is death. Does that sound right? This means at a funeral
most people would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Jerry Seinfeld (1954- )
American comedian and actor