Encouragement for Your Prayer Life

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At Bethel Mission Outreach we love to pray. Praying is actually the central focus of our ministry. We have a prayer room that offers up prayers for Haiti and the nations 12-15 hours a day Monday through Friday! We know that we can do nothing apart from God and so we rely wholly on His word and leadership in every endeavor!

We also know that we can learn from those who have gone before us on this journey of loving God and so we look to the words of the Saints to encourage us as well! We hope that you find these quotes uplifting and edifying to your soul!

Prayer -A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in
sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.
–St. Faustina

Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trail as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.
–St.Therese of Lisieux

“Purity is the fruit of prayer.”
– Blessed Mother Teresa

What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips?
–Saint John Chrysostom

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.
–St. John Chrysostom

Let us all resign ourselves into His hands, and pray that in all things He may guide us to do His Holy Will … When thoughts of this or that come I turn to Him and say: “Only what you will, my God. Use me as You will”.
–Blessed Mary MacKillop

The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don’t mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects [are] those that are followed up by actions—–when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it. 
–St. Teresa of Avila 

‘He who prays most receives most.’
–St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.
–Saint John Vianney

How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer. 
–St. Teresa of Avila 

acob did not cease to be a Saint because he had to attend to his flocks.
–St.  Teresa of Avila 

Prayer ought to be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering, and accompanied with great reverence. One should consider that he stands in the presence of a God, and speaks with a Lord before whom the angels tremble from awe and fear. 
–Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi

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