Day 87 March 28, 2014
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. -Matthew 6:6
“Solitude begins with a time and a place for God, and God alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that God is actively present in our lives– healing, teaching and guiding– we need to set aside a time and space to give God our undivided attention.”―Henri J.M. Nouwen
God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity… -Psalm 68:6
“The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.” -John Lubbock
Day 86 March 28, 2014
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” -K.T. Jong
“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.” ― George MacDonald
“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.” ― Thomas Merton
Day 85 March 26, 2014
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. -Mark 1:35
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude.” -Author Unknown
“We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless.” ― Mother Teresa
Day 84 March 25, 2014
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. -Matthew 14:23
“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.” -Pearl Buck
“Isolation is aloneness that feels forced upon you, like a punishment. Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.” -Jeanne Marie Laskas
Day 83 March 24, 2014
“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” -Paul Johannes Tillich
“The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.” -Marya Mannes
“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” -Habakkuk 2:20
Day 82 March 23, 2014
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” -Psalm 23:1-3
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir
“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” -William Penn
“When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude”
― William Wordsworth
Day 81 March 22, 2014
“Tears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can’t speak.”- Unknown
“Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” -Hebrews 5:7
“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book” -Psalm 56:8
“What is the weight of a tear? The single tear falls when the buckets have stopped, when dry eyes and a slightly raised chin sometimes let it slip, like a prayer. It carries the weight of a lifetime.” ―Wendy Murray
Day 80 March 21, 2013
PRAYER of FORGIVENESS
So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. -Mark 11:24,25
There is no other god like you, O Lord; you forgive the sins of your people who have survived. You do not stay angry forever, but you take pleasure in showing us your constant love. You will be merciful to us once again. -Micah 7:18,19
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ― Mother Teresa
“At night a hooded monk passed by where there were no lamps.
I could not see his face. I only heard these words he kept repeating:
“Teach me, dear Lord, all that you know.”
I knew instantly a great treasure had entered my soul.”
― Teresa of Ávila
Day 79 March 20, 2014
PRAYER OF SUBMISSION
“In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.” ― C.S. Lewis
And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” -Matthew 26:39
“In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said to his Father, “…your will be done.” (Matthew 6:10, NIV). When we can say that with sincerity and trust, we have reached the turning point in prayer. God never abandons those who trust him.” – Jack Zavada, The Turning Point in Prayer
“God, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me whatever you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. Into your hands I commend my spirit. I offer it to you with all the love that is in my heart. For I love you, Lord, and so want to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence. Amen” -Charles de Foucauld
Day 78 March 19, 2014
PRAYER FOR PEACE
“seek peace, and pursue it” -Psalm 34:14
If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.
chinese philospher – lao-tse – 6th century bce
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis -by an anonymous Norman c. 1915 A.D.
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
As to console;
To be understood,as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
From the World Peace Prayer Society: “Our Mission is Simple: To spread the Universal Peace Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, far and wide to embrace the lands and people of this Earth” To learn more go to: ”MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”