Prayer 12 "I love to pray at sunrise—before the world becomes polluted with vanity and hatred." The Koretser Rabbi, 18th century. Gross, ed.
Prayer 222 "Pray: to ask the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy." Ambrose Bierce. Portable Curmudgeon. Bierce was a cynic.
Prayer 85 "Grandfather’s prayers were often very interesting...had the gift of simple and moving expression; because he talked so little, his words had a peculiar force; they were not worn dull from constant use; his prayers reflected what he was thinking about at the time, and it was chiefly through them that we got to know his feelings and his views about things." Cather, My Ántonia