Rev. Laurie Barnes, Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection writes…
I attended a Franklin-Covey Time Management Seminar this week. (It was excellent, by the way, and I would highly recommend it.) Because I have been employed by churches for twenty years, it always comes as a bit of a shock to me when I attend a seminar that doesn’t begin and end in prayer! Clearly, I need to get out in the “real world” more often.
During the breaks, the power-point presentation would flash interesting little quotes, most dealing with time and time management, on the screen as the clock counted down the time until the seminar would begin again. The quotes were interesting and I even wrote down a few. But it occurred to me that I need to gather some favorite prayer quotes and use them in that way the next time I give a prayer presentation. Here are five of my favorite prayer quotes. At least, they are my favorites this week!
“Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy-then he needs an hour.” St. Francis de Sales
“In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Hurry is the death of prayer.” Samuel Chadwick
“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart.” John Bunyan
“Going a little farther, Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus (Matthew 26:39)
What are some of your favorite prayer quotes?