“Odes to the Joy of Prayer; quotes that delight in God’s Presence” from L.Willows

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To me, prayer is the passageway to God, a gift that he has bestowed upon and into our hearts. He has placed within us an open door to himself by which we have access to his throne.

It is humbling and thrilling at the same time to realize that at any moment of the day or night we can not only reach our Creator but that God wishes to love, guide and intimately converse with us. Prayer is an act of love rather than one of desire and wanting. It worships, praises and surrenders to God’s will before the will of self. We trust that his goodness is even more than what we can fathom for ourselves, that he is there beside us as we speak every word. The Presence; His Presence- is palpable. It grows miraculously to become one’s greatest joy. L.Willows

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction
that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed
insufficient for the day.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“God has instituted prayer so as to confer upon his creatures the dignity of being causes.”
-Blaise Pascal

There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place–upon some distant shore–
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place–dost thou ask, “Where?”
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”
-Victor Hugo

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you; tell God your joys, that God may sober them; tell God your longings, that God may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them; talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them: show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration say just what you think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”
-Francois Fenelon

“God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely.”
-Anselm of Canterbury

The Apostle Paul had a purpose in saying: ‘Pray without ceasing’. Are we then to ceaselessly bend our knees, to lie prostrate, or to lift up our hands? …. there is another, interior kind of prayer without ceasing, namely, the desire of the heart. … The constancy of your desire will itself be the ceaseless voice of your prayer.”
-Saint Augustine

“The Prayer’s Bouquet”, a worship poem from L.Willows


The Prayer’s Bouquet

Softness whispers lasting through all.
Steady hearts bear love’s sweetest call.

Reaching forward through all the night’s stretch,
This the bouquet that our sweet prayers fetch.

Peace the tone that colours dawn,
it brings all new to hope upon.

Rising sun joys warm, we gather to meet.
Prayers abound, Love bears, we greet.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Song of Solomon 1:3
The fragrance of your perfume is pleasing; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens adore you.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.