Frederick Buechner Quotes On Praying


Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom, the good thief said from his cross (Luke 23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well. Frederick Buechner

We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. Frederick Buechner

When someone we love suffers, we suffer with that person, and we would not have it otherwise, because the suffering and the love are one, just as it is with God's love for us. Frederick Buechner

True faith, a simple life, a helping hand- the three things prized most in Heaven. Frederick Buechner

If you want to talk about grace, if you want to talk about revelation, talk about your life with some depth, which doesn't mean lurid revelations as much as simply looking at your own deep experiences and describing them as they are. Frederick Buechner

When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it's a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening. She becomes what's happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time. Frederick Buechner

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness. Frederick Buechner

Despair has been called the unforgivable sin-not presumably because God refuses to forgive it, but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven. Frederick Buechner

I don't want to give the impression that I'm a great Bible reader. I don't sit down every day and read for an hour through the Bible. But I really do read it with a great deal of pleasure... which is the last thing I would have suspected. So I read it sometimes as a devotional, but really more, not for fun, but because it's fascinating. Frederick Buechner

Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God's will. Frederick William Robertson

Pray anyway. Who knows what God can do through your prayer? Frederick Buechner

I'm not going to spend any time looking into myself the way one who prays does. Maybe that's an even worse mistake than praying might be. Frederick Buechner

Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray. Bear Bryant

I pray for people I love when they are sick. I pray that way. Frederick Buechner

I'm a hopeless pray-er. I think somewhere in there I spend a great deal of time at it. Frederick Buechner

Tis not for golden eloquence I pray, A godlike tongue to move a stony heart- Methinks it were full well to be apart In solitary uplands far away, Betwixt the blossoms of a rosy spray, Dreaming upon the wonderful sweet face Of Nature, in a wild and pathless place. Frederick Tennyson

Wether you call on him or don't call on him, God will be present with you. Frederick Buechner

Public prayers are of little worth unless they are founded on or followed up by private praying. Edward Mckendree Bounds

When praying for the Lord's will about something questionable, don't give up if you don't receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear. Curtis Hutson

Everyone is on the verge of insanity ... insanity meaning on the verge of the unknown. Frederick Lenz



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