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Quotes About Prayer

Church News,  Jan. 19, 1986.    Prayer:

Advice from my grandfather when I was a child:

"When you kneel at the side of your bed and fold your arms on your white sheets, you can draw as near to your Heavenly Father as if you were kneeling at His feet placing your folded arms on the white robes of His lap."

As I kneel down to pray, I always pause to reflect on this thought.  It improves the quality of time I spend in conference with Heavenly Father.  Talk with Him, not at Him.

(Marenann Doliver, Ohio)


"Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing..."

(D&C 19:38)


"That's one of the wonderful gifts the Lord has given you--He's accessible by prayer any time, any place.  He's always there for you.  Tell Him your goals, your troubles.  Give Him thanks for your blessings.  Ask Him to teach you how you can help do His work.  "He hears your prayers.  He cares about you.  He wants you to succeed in living the gospel.  Draw close to the Lord through prayer."

(Elder Russell C. Taylor, then of the Seventy, Priesthood session of April, 1989 Gen. Conf.)


President David O. McKay reminds us:

"Sincere prayer implies that when we ask for any virtue or blessing we should work for the blessing and cultivate the virtue."

President David O. McKay (True to the Faith, comp. Llewelyn R. McKay, Bookcraft, 1966, p. 208) Quoted in Michael D. Christensen's book: Just Be Yourself, That's Hard Enough!,  p. 135-136


"Petitioning in prayer has taught me, again and again, that the vault of heaven with all its blessings is to be opened only by a combination lock. One tumbler falls when there is faith, a second when there is personal righteousness; the third and final tumbler falls only when what is sought is, in God's judgment--not ours--right for us. Sometimes we pound on the vault door for something we want very much and wonder why the door does not open. We would be very spoiled children if that vault door opened any more easily than it does. I can tell, looking back, that God truly loves me by inventorying the petitions He has refused to grant me. Our rejected petitions tell us much about ourselves but also much about our flawless Father."

Neal A. Maxwell (April 1978 New Era, page 6)


“A praying man is a growing man.”

David O. McKay,  CR  4:29:101


“Prayer is the passport to spiritual power.”

Spencer W. Kimball,  CR 4/73:153


"Often our prayers are not answered at the very moment we ask them, but at later times."

Boyd K. Packer,  Area Conference Report (Sweden) 8/74:19


"Prayer is the means by which men communicate with God.  Revelation is the means by which God communicates with men."

Marion G. Romney,  CR  4/64:122


"Prayer is the royal road between each of us and our Heavenly Father.  Whether it remains open or is closed is for our determination."

J. Reuben Clark, Jr.,  CR 10/58:45


"We sometimes find ourselves praying for others when we should be doing for them.  Prayers are not to be a substitute for service, but a spur thereto."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell


Each morning when we say our prayers, we should ask…. "Dear Father, who needs me today?"


A prayer is the key of the day and the lock of the night.


"If we were granted all our prayers, there would be no death, no illness, no war, no trials, or no things to fear. To accomplish this, there could be no freedom and the purposes of the earth would be destroyed."

Max B. Skousen  (How to Pray and Stay Awake, page 125)


"Prayer can solve more problems, alleviate more suffering, prevent more transgression, and bring about greater peace and contentment in the human soul than can be obtained in any other way."

President Thomas S. Monson


The prayers that carry the most weight
and are of rarest beauty 
are those in which we don't demand,
but just report for duty.


Prayer does one of two things: It either frees us from the trouble we fear or gives us the strength and courage to meet the trouble when it comes.


"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of."

Lord Alfred Tennyson (The Passing of Arthur, line 415)


"To pray...may I suggest a process to follow: go where you can be alone, go where you can think, go where you can kneel, go where you can speak out loud to him...Now, picture him in your mind's eye.  Think to whom you are speaking, control your thoughts--don't let them wander, address him as your Father and your friend. 

Now tell him things you really feel to tell him--not trite phrases that have little meaning, but have a sincere, heartfelt conversation with him.  Confide in him, ask him for forgiveness, plead with him, enjoy him, thank him, express your love to him, and then listen for his answers."

Elder H. Burke Peterson: ("Adversity and Prayer,"  Ensign, January 1974, p. 19) Quoted in Michael D. Christensen's book: Just Be Yourself, That's Hard Enough!, p. 131


"I fear, as a people, we do not pray enough, in faith.  We should call upon the Lord in mighty prayer, and make all our wants known unto Him.  For if He does not protect and deliver us and save us, no other power will."

President Wilford Woodruff: (Messages of the First Presidency, 6 vols., 3:99)  Quoted in Michael D. Christensen's book: Just Be Yourself, That's Hard Enough!,  p. 133