Prayer is not for everyone. That is the great thing about having so many treatment options now. However, there are a great many people who have incorporated prayer into their recovery efforts and feel it is very beneficial. If you are interested in exploring prayer as a part of your own recovery practices, here are some inspirational quotes to consider about the topic:

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”― Søren Kierkegaard

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”― Mother Teresa


Many people incorporate prayer into their recovery efforts.

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”― Corrie ten Boom

“Prayer is like water – something you can’t imagine has the strength or power to do any good, and yet give it time and it can change the lay of the land.”― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

“I told him I had once lost everything I had, too, and that I think that can be God’s way of building walls around us to force us to look up at Him.”― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

“But the very fact that this world is so challenging is exactly why you sometimes must reach out of its jurisdiction for help, appealing to a higher authority in order to find your comfort.”― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“The world is my church. My actions are my prayer. My behavior is my creed.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“I don’t pray because it makes sense to pray. I pray because my life doesn’t make sense without prayer.”― Noah Benshea, Jacob the Baker: Gentle Wisdom For a Complicated World

“Prayer will never do our work for us; what it will do is to strengthen us for work which must be done.”― William Barclay