Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks!

Phillips Brooks

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Source: Brooks, Phillips. Twenty Sermons. New York: J. J. Little & Co., 1886. Print. Additional Information: This quote is an excerpt from the clergyman and author's sermon "Going up to Jerusalem," published in his 1886 book, Twenty Sermons. It means that we should not ask God to eliminate our struggles, but for the inner strength to deal with those struggles. In other words, we should rise to the occasion rather than running from it. Here is a longer excerpt containing the quote:
O, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.
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