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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
...The important thing about prayer is not whether is it classified as
petition, thanksgiving, or praise, but whether it is a prayer of hope
or of little faith.
The prayer of little faith makes us cling to the concrete circumstances
of the present situation in order to win a certain security. The prayer
of little faith is filled with wishes which beg for immediate fulfillment...
It is understandable, therefore, that this prayer of little faith carries
a great deal of fear and anxiety with it. If you pray with little faith for
health, success, and advancement, for peace or whatever else, then you
get so set on the concrete request that you feel left in the cold when the
expected present doesn't arrive. You even say to yourself, "See what I
told you, it doesn't work anyway."
...When we live with hope we do not get tangled up with concerns for
how our wishes will be fulfilled So, too, our prayers are not directed
toward the gift, but toward the one who gives it...
Hope is based on the premise that the other gives only what is good.
Hope includes an openness where you wait for the promise to be
delivered, even though you never know when, where,
or how this might happen.
Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ballantine Books, 1987
And Jesus said unto them..."Verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Matthew 17: 20
The Holy Bible
King James Version
We do not pray for the sake of praying, but for the sake
of being heard. We do not pray in order to listen to our-
selves praying but in order that God may hear us and answer
us. Also, we do not pray to receive just any answer:
it must be God's answer.
...The solitary, being a man of prayer, will come to
know God by knowing that his prayer is always answered...
Gratitude is therefore the heart of the solitary life,
as it is the heart of the Christian life.
Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude,"
by Thomas Merton
Generally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad news. But for
practitioners or spiritual warriors -- people who have a certain hunger to know
what is true -- feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment,
anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments
that teach us where it is that we're holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in
when we'd rather collapse and back away. They're like messengers that show us, with
terrifying clarity, exactly where we're stuck. This very moment is the perfect
teacher, and lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are.
Excerpted from "When Things Fall Apart,"
by Pema Chodron
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and
tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,
O ye of little faith?"
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you."
Matthew 6: 30, 33
The Holy Bible
King James Version
And now, the Last Word:
Ask and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and shall be opened unto you.
It is better to ask some questions
than know all the answers.
James Thurber (1894-1961)
American humorist and cartoonist