While Gandhi believed in the act of praying Nietzsche didn’t. But do we truly need to pray – why would successful and powerful people pray just like everyone else? Is prayer a sort of placebo or a true power that moves things? Is there a right way to talk to the omnipotent?

Let us have a look at some of these famous people who pray and what prayer is for them.

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi approached prayer as a dynamic tool to achieve his goals. According to his beliefs based on the Gita, prayer is a source of strength for your mental and physical achievements.

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

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Ted Dekker

New York Times Best-seller Ted Dekker’s words about prayer are a full match with Gandhi’s. Isn’t it interesting that two people based thousands of miles apart and separated by decades have the same strong feeling about a prayer.

Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.

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Dan Brown

Dan Brown nailed it. We all need this prayer in our daily life.

God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.


Oswald Chambers

Who knows how many lives Oswald Chambers might have saved? Oswald Chambers was way ahead of time, he was spiritual and not religious. He tended to soldiers healing them physically and well as mentally by the power of prayer. Out of his 30 books My Utmost for His Highest has never been out of print and has been translated into 39 languages.

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.

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Rick Warren

Rick Warren was named one of ‘America’s Top 25 Leaders, by Time magazine as one of ‘15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most in 2004, one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World and  Newsweek called him one of 15 People Who Make America Great’. All this happens perhaps in his strong belief in the power of prayer.

The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.

Abraham Lincoln

One has to salute the humility and unassuming nature of this great man who didn’t change himself even when he had become the President. Here is an honest confession.

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

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Bruce Lee

Prayer of a warrior – wise and strong.

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

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Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart lived in 13th century but his words are cosmopolitan. Probably truth and wisdom are forever.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.

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