Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
- Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.
To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
- W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.