What Is Prayer? Prayer comes from the Latin precarius, “obtained by begging” and precari, “to entreat” – to ask earnestly, beseech, implore. Satyagraha in action.

praywithoutceasingMahatma Gandhi described prayer as:  “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. There is no peace without the grace of God, and there is no grace of God without prayer.  Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. Undoubtedly, prayer requires a living faith in God.  Heartfelt prayer steadies one’s nerves, humbles one and clearly shows one the next step.”

“Prayer is”, according to theologian Ann Ulanov and Prof. Barry Ulanov, “the most fundamental, primordial, and important language humans speak. Prayer starts without words and often ends without them. It knows its own evasions, its own infinite variety of dodges. It works some of the time in signs and symbols, lurches when it must, leaps when it can, has several kinds of logic at its disposal.”praywithoutceasing

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