„If you do not pray to God, what is that to Him? It is only your misfortune.“

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Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920

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„The Eternal has his designs from all eternity. If prayer is in accord with his immutable wishes, it is quite useless to ask of him what he has resolved to do. If one prays to him to do the contrary of what he has resolved, it is praying that he be weak, frivolous, inconstant; it is believing that he is thus, it is to mock him. Either you ask him a just thing, in which case he must do it, the thing being done without your praying to him for it, and so to entreat him is then to distrust him; or the thing is unjust, and then you insult him. You are worthy or unworthy of the grace you implore: if worthy, he knows it better than you; if unworthy, you commit another crime by requesting what is undeserved.
In a word, we only pray to God because we have made him in our image. We treat him like a pasha, like a sultan whom one may provoke or appease.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778

"Prayers" (1770)
Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (1770–1774)
Original: (fr) L’Éternel a ses desseins de toute éternité. Si la prière est d’accord avec ses volontés immuables, il est très inutile de lui demander ce qu’il a résolu de faire. Si on le prie de faire le contraire de ce qu’il a résolu, c’est le prier d’être faible, léger, inconstant; c’est croire qu’il soit tel, c’est se moquer de lui. Ou vous lui demandez une chose juste; en ce cas il la doit, et elle se fera sans qu’on l’en prie; c’est même se défier de lui que lui faire instance ou la chose est injuste, et alors on l’outrage. Vous êtes digne ou indigne de la grâce que vous implorez: si digne, il le sait mieux que vous; si indigne, on commet un crime de plus en demandant ce qu’on ne mérite pas.
En un mot, nous ne faisons des prières à Dieu que parce que nous l’avons fait à notre image. Nous le traitons comme un bacha, comme un sultan qu’on peut irriter ou apaiser.

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„Each day is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him.“

—  T.D. Jakes American bishop 1957

Fonte: Maximize the Moment: God's Action Plan For Your Life

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„You can pray until you faint, but if you don’t get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.“

—  Fannie Lou Hamer American civil rights activist (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) 1917 - 1977

As transcribed in “ We're on our way,” Speech before a mass meeting held at the negro Baptist school in Indianola, Mississippi https://voicesofdemocracy.umd.edu/hamer-were-on-our-way-speech-text/ (September 1964)

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„Live as with God; and, whatever be your calling, pray for the gift that will perfectly qualify you in it.“

—  Horace Bushnell American theologian 1802 - 1876

Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 124.

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„He who will pray to God eagerly will see Him.“

—  Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920

[Swami Tapasyananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother; Life and Conversations, 231]

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„To pray means to open your hands before God.“

—  Henri Nouwen Dutch priest and writer 1932 - 1996

With Open Hands (1972)
Contexto: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.

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„Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do—then do it with all your strength.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

This saying is not found in any source before 2010, when it was posted by The Ignorant Fisherman at Free Republic http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2451682/posts on 15 February. The language is not that of Washington or his time.
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