“I am a strong believer in Prayer. There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by Praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that’s working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God.”
My father in law was a Spitfire / P-51 crew chief in Patton’s army in North Africa, Sicily, and then went to Italy without him. Even got a couple of medals, which he would have traded for missing the invasions. He hated Patton passionately; thought his disregard for the lives of his men disgusting. History doesn’t necessarily agree, but this quote by Patton on prayer is excellent. Understand he was a devout Episcopalian – and he had an brilliant view on prayer.