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Exalted Prayers: Part 2

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“Father, like the men who stood ready to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery but who were ‘convicted by their conscience’ and, therefore, ‘went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last,’ leaving ‘Jesus…alone, and the woman standing there in midst,’ convict me of the sins I try to hide and fail to admit, and bring me to repentance.” ~John Eckhardt

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and saw that service is joy.” ~Khalil Gibran

“True, whole prayer is nothing but love.” ~Augustine

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

O God, I said, and that was all. But what are the prayers of the whole universe more than expansions of that one cry? It is not what God can give us, but God that we want.” ~George MacDonald

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu

“You can pray while you work. Work doesn’t stop prayer, and prayer doesn’t stop work. It requires only that small raising of mind to Him. ‘I love You, God, I trust You, I believe in You, I need You now.’ Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers.” ~Mother Teresa

“There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that I less than the one you are capable of living.” ~Nelson Mandela

“Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God's help is not partial but total.” ~Alistair Begg (Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio)

In my prayers, dear Jesus, I am with you wholly. If I meditate on the cross, I suffer with you. If I meditate on the resurrection, I rise with you. So daily I die and rise.

If I walk with you along the hot dusty roads, I become hot, sweaty, tired, as you surely did. If I hear you preach, my ears tingle with excitement, and my heart is pierced by the sharpness of your words. If I watch you heal people, I can feel your touch. So my own body trembles at your power.

Let me walk with you during every minute of my life. Let me constantly be inspired by your words. Let me daily be renewed by your power. That I may die to sin and rise to perfect righteousness. ~Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)

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