Yenra : Catholic Prayers : St. Ephrem on Prayer

Prayer is the counter poison of pride; the antidote to the passion of hatred; the best rule in making just laws; the best and most powerful means to govern aright; the standard and trophy in war; a stronghold for peace; the seal of virginity; the guard of nuptial fidelity; the safeguard of travelers; the guardian angel during sleep; the source of fertility for the farmer; a safe harbor on the storms of this life; a city of refuge for criminals; the source of all true joy; the best friend and physician of the dying.

St. Ephrem, Tract. de Orat.