10 Great C.S. Lewis Quotes on Prayer

Time and again I meet Christians who found their faith through Lewis’ writings...

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Posted in , Nov 22, 2013

Author C.S. Lewis, who died November 22, 1963

That November 22, 1963, was the day a U.S. president was assassinated cannot be forgotten, but it was also the day the author, apologist, professor and luminary C.S. Lewis died in England. 

His Chronicles of Narnia were hallmarks of my youth, as they were for my kids, and time and again I meet Christians who found their faith through C.S. Lewis’ writings.  His influence seems to have grown since his death, not diminished.  Here, in honor of his memory, are 10 of his best quotes on prayer:

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” 

“It is much easier to pray for a bore than to go visit him.” 

“For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.” 

“We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.” 

“A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.”

“For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.”  

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” 

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.” 

“You can't know, you can only believe—or not.”

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