Prayer Quotes

"Give yourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from your ministry, as He did me, to teach you to pray." - Robert Murray McCheyne

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John Wesley's remarks on prayer (taken from his book A Plain Account of Christian Perfection) are found in numbers 67-73

1 You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. -- A. J. Gordon

2 I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. -- Martin Luther

3 The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer. -- E. M. Bounds

4 The greatest and best talent that God gives to any man or woman in this world is the talent of prayer. --Alexander Whyte

5 The world needs more true praying to save it from the reign and ruin of Satan. -- E.M. Bounds

6 Prayer "is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings." --Chrysostom

7 Prayer is the supreme way to be workers together with God. -- Wesley L. Duewel

8 Prayer is the master strategy that God gives for the defeat and rout of Satan. -- Wesley L. Duewel

9 Prayer is God's ordained way to bring His miracle power to bear in human need. -- Wesley L. Duewel

10 Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace. -- E. M. Bounds

11 Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid. -- E.M. Bounds

12 The first and last stages of holy living are crowned with praying. -- E.M. Bounds

13 The conditions of praying are the conditions of righteousness, holiness, and salvation. -- E. M. Bounds

14 Sainthood's piety is made, refined, perfected, by prayer. The gospel moves with slow and timid pace when the saints are not at their prayers early and late and long. - E. M. Bounds

15 Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls. - E. M. Bounds

16 Praying men must be strong in hope, and faith, and prayer. - E.M. Bounds

17 Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer. - E. M. Bounds

18 The goal of prayer is the ear of God. E. M. Bounds

19 Prayer should not be regarded "as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty." - E.M. Bounds

20 God's children should pray. They should cry day and night to Him. God hears every one of your cries in the busy hour of the daytime and in the lonely watches of the night. - Robert Murray McCheyne

21 Prayer succeeds when all else fails. - E.M. Bounds

22 We can never expect to grow in the likeness of our Lord unless we follow His example and give more time to communion with the Father. A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution. - E.M. Bounds

23 Holy living is essential preparation for prayer. - E.M. Bounds

24 Prayer is not the cunning art of using God, subjecting Him to one's selfish ends in an effort to get out of Him what you want. - F.J. Huegel

25 According to Soren Kierkegaard prayer is "a silent surrendering of everything to God."

26 All that true prayer seeks is God Himself, for with Him we get all we need. - The Kneeling Christian

27 The greatest blow sent Satan-ward is made by weeping warriors of prayer. - Dick Eastman

28 Bob Pierce, regarding prayer,"Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God."

29 "Men ought always to pray, and not faint." - Bible, Luke 18:1

30 I never prayed sincerely and earnestly for anything but it came at some time; no matter at how distant a day, somehow, in some shape, probably the least I would have devised, it came. - Adoniram Judson

31. I live in the spirit of prayer; I pray as I walk, when I lie down and when I rise, and the answers are always coming. - George Mueller

32 Let me burn out for God. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh, that I might be a man of prayer! - Henry Martyn

33 Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them. - John Calvin

34. Only turning God's house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today. -- Jim Cymbala

35. I learned as never before that persistent calling upon the Lord breaks through every stronghold of the devil, for nothing is impossible with God. For Christians in these troubled times, there is simply no other way. - Jim Cymbala, in Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

36 The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. - Samuel Chadwick

37 The greatest hindrance to effective prayer is sin. Satan's greatest goal is to keep us from our knees. - Dick Eastman

38. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. - Oswald Chambers

39 Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian. -- Andrew Murray

40 O Brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper- and sleep too- than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber. -- Andrew A. Bonar

41 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. -- James 5:16, The Holy Bible

42 The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God's character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline. -- Oswald Chambers

43 The 1990's will be a decade where we must focus on prayer as the main thrust to accomplish God's will and purpose on earth. The forces against us have never been greater and this is the only way we can release God's power to become victorious. -- John Maxwell, of Injoy Ministries

44 The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God. -- Jim Cymbala

45 Prayer, real prayer, is lethal to Satan's cause. -- Selected

46 Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held. -- E. M. Bounds

47 Prayer is repeating the victor's name (Jesus) into the ears of Satan and insisting on his retreat. -- S. D. Gordon
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -- James 4:7

48 Satan laughs at our toiling, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. - The Kneeling Christian

49 He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has heaven and earth at his disposal. -- C. S. Spurgeon

50 Even so, to our knees, O Christians! Desist the folly of sprinkling today's individual and international iniquity with theological rose water! Turn loose against this putrefaction those mighty rivers of weeping, of prayer, and of unctionized preaching until all be cleansed. -- Leonard Ravenhill

51 The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing. -- Andrew Murray

52 Prayer is the only adequate way to multiply our efforts fast enough to reap the harvest God desires. -- Wesley L. Duewel

53 Prayer is the Christian's first line of defense against demonic influence. Fervent, sincere prayer thwarts Satan's activity like nothing else. -- The Bondage Breaker

54 A life growing in its purity and devotion will be a more prayerful life. -- E. M. Bounds

55 Pray alone. Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. The best way to fight against sin is to fight it on our knees. -- Philip Henry

56 Holiness is not to love Jesus and do whatever you want. Holiness is to love God and do what He wants. -- C. Peter Wagner
Holiness is as indispenable for a spiritual warrior as is eyesight for a military fighter pilot. - C. Peter Wagner

57 God uses prayer to educate His people and to produce holiness of character in them. - Harold Lindsell

58 The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher of prayer. Lord, teach us to pray. -- Selected

59 All real growth in the spiritual life,
all victory over temptation,
all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers,
all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss,
all habitual communion with God, - depends upon the practice of secret prayer. - The Kneeling Christian

60 If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith. -- Martin Luther

61 The man who has gotten God's word in the prayer closet neither seeks nor expects encouragement from men for the delivery of that word. the Spirit Himself bears witness of the approval. -- Leonard Ravenhill

62 He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven. E. M. Bounds

63 The stream of praying cannot rise higher than the fountain of living. -- E. M. Bounds

64 Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer. -- Paul Y. Cho

65. When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is set them a-praying. - Matthew Henry

66. "When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it, the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezek. 36, 37, together with the context. And it is revealed that when God is about to accomplish great things for His Church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication (Zach. 12:10). ...I should think the people of God in this land would be in the way of their duty to do three times as much fasting and prayer as they do" Jonathan Edwards, from his Thoughts on Revival, Part 5.

67. God's command to "pray without ceasing" is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air. - John Wesley

68. Whether we think of, or speak to, God, whether we act or suffer for him, all is prayer, when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him. - John Wesley

69. All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God, without either adding to or diminishing from it by His choice. - John Wesley

70. Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things. - John Wesley

71. In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is continual prayer. - John Wesley

73. God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. - John Wesley

74. To pray with bitterness toward fellowmen nullifies hours on our knees.- Dick Eastman

75. Prayer is the highest order of business, for it links a powerless human to the creative force of God's sovereign power.- Selected

76. The price of prayerlessness far exceeds the price of prayer.- Selected


78. The prayer of faith is the only power in the universe to which the Great Jehovah yields. Prayer is the sovereign remedy.- Robert Hall

79. If the spirit of prayer departs, it is a sure indication of a backslidden heart, for while the first love of a Christian continues he is sure to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to wrestle much in prayer. -Charles G. Finney, in Revival Lectures

80. To pray as a duty and as if obliging God by our prayer, is quite ridiculous, and is certain indication of a backslidden heart.- Charles G. Finney

81. Probably in the Day of Judgment it will be found that nothing is ever done by the truth, used ever so zealously, unless there is a spirit of prayer somewhere in connection with the presentation of truth.- Charles G. Finney

82. Prevailing , or effectual prayer, is that prayer which attains the blessing that it seeks. - Charles G. Finney

83. When Christians are united, and praying as they ought, God opens the windows of heaven, and pours out His blessing till there is not room to receive it (Read Mal. 3:10).

84. Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive. - Oswald Chambers

85. A prayer-meeting is an index to the state of religion in a Church. - Charles G. Finney

86. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it. -Oswald Chambers

87. Nothing is clearer than that prayer has its only worth and significance in the great fact that God hears and answers prayer. -E. M. Bounds

88. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear me. - David, Psalm 55:17

89. Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer. Little acquaintance with God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing. - E. M. Bounds

90. ...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.- James 5:16b

91. Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer. - E. M. Bounds

92. Prayer is the acid test of devotion. - Samuel Chadwick

93. The only power that God will yield to is that of prayer. - Leonard Ravenhill

94. One of the cornerstones of a healthy church is having people who are faithful in prayer. - Selected

95. We don't have praying churches, just praying people who make up praying churches. - Selected

96. It is always too soon to quit praying, even when praying is the last thing we seem able to do. - Harold Lindsell, in When You Pray
96b. Pray without ceasing.- 1Thessalonians 5:17

97. As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray. - Martin Luther

98. Prayerlessness is sin. - Harold Lindsell
98b. God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you. - Samuel, from 1Samuel 12:23
98c. Prayerlessness is disobedience, for God's command is that men ought always to pray and not faint. To be prayerless is to fail God, for He says, "Ask of me." - Leonard Ravenhill, in Revival Praying
98d. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.-Jer. 33:3

99. Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest. -Thomas Hooker, Puritan

100. The prayer life does not consist of perpetual repetition of petitions. The prayer life consists of life that is always upward and onward and Godward. - George Campbell Morgan

101. The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer. - Leonard Ravenhill

102. We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ. -E. M. Bounds

103. Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great detergent. - Leonard Ravenhill

104. Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit. -S.D. Gordon

105. The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer. - The Kneeling Christian

106. People may spurn our appeals, reject our messages, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers. - Thomas Lindberg.

107. We must bear in mind that mere resolutions to take more time for prayer and to conquer reluctance to pray will not prove lastingly effective unless there is a whole hearted and absolute surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. - The Kneeling Christian

108. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies. - The Kneeling Christian (Also, see Philippians 4:6)

109. The prayer of the saints is never self-important, but always God-important. - Oswald Chambers

110. Unless the heart is right the prayer must be wrong. - The Kneeling Christian

111. There is no greater test to spirituality than prayer. The man who tries to pray quickly discovers just where he stands in God's sight. - The Kneeling Christian

112. Prayer is not given us as a burden to be borne or an irksome duty to fulfill, but to be a joy and power to which there is no limit. - The Kneeling Christian

113. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16

114. All hindrance to prayer arises from ignorance of the teaching of God's Holy Word on the life of holiness He has planned for all His children or from an unwillingness to consecrate ourselves fully to Him. - The Kneeling Christian

115. ...prayer is partnership with God in His planet-sized purposes, and includes the "all things" beside, as an important detail of the whole. - S. D. Gordon

116. God's greatest agency; man's greatest agency, for defeating the enemy and winning men back is intercession. -S. D. Gordon

117. The mightiest prayers are often those drenched with the Word of God. - Herbert Lockyer

118. The man who, despite the teaching of Scripture, tries to pray without a Savior, insults the deity. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

119. ...True prayer is measured by weight,-not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length. - C. H. Spurgeon

120. If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ. - C. H. Spurgeon

121. When God's mercies are coming, their footfalls are our desires to pray. -C. H. Spurgeon

122. God will hear His people at the beginning of their prayers if the condition of their heart is ready for it. -C. H. Spurgeon

123. A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty. - C. H. Spurgeon

124. Prayer plumes the wings of God's young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer brings inner strength to God's warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place. - C.H. Spurgeon

125. Prayer is not a hard requirement- it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality. -C. H. Spurgeon

126. God's mercy visits every house where night and morning prayers are made, but where these are neglected, sin is incurred. -C. H. Spurgeon

127. Our prayers may be very beautiful in appearance and might appear to be the very paragon of devotion, but unless there is a secret spiritual force in them, they are vain things. -C. H. Spurgeon

128. Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then, my dear brother; pray, pray, pray. - Edward Payson

129. Little praying is a kind of make believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion. - E. M. Bounds

130. Importunate praying is the earnest inward movement of the heart toward God. -E. M. Bounds

131. No principle is more definitely enforced by Christ than that prevailing prayer must have in it the quality which waits and perseveres, the courage that never surrenders, the patience which never grows tired, the resolution that never wavers. E. M. Bounds

132. The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong. - E. M. Bounds                                  


133. Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until the eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my soul's most inward citadel, and order all my doings. Be with me in silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and the weariness of the evening. Give me grace at all times to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship. - John Baillie, in Herald of His Coming

134. Prayer is not a load to be carried but a gift to be enjoyed.- Selected
134b. Prayer makes the darkened clouds withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above. - Leonard Ravenhill

135. There is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us; God links up his power in answer to their prayers. - Oswald Chambers

136. Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs- Julio C. Ruibal

137.Continue in prayer, and though the blessing tarry, it must come; in God's own time it must appear to you.- C. H. Spurgeon

138. ...a man who kneels before God will stand before men.- Leonard Ravenhill

139. ... he that is never on his knees on earth, shall never stand upon his feet in heaven.- C. H. Spurgeon

140. If your faith does not make you pray, have nothing to do with it: get rid of it, and God help thee to begin again. C. H. Spurgeon

141. When we discern that people are not going on spiritually and allow the discernment to turn to criticism, we block our way to God. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. - Oswald Chambers

142 If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural. - Andrew Murray

143. Without set times of prayer, the spirit of prayer will be dull and feeble. Without the continual prayerfulness, the set times will not avail. - Andrew Murray

144. Scripture calls us to pray for many things: for all saints; for all men; for kings and all rulers; for all who are in adversity; for the sending forth of laborers; for those who labor in the gospel; for all converts; for believers who have fallen into sin; for one another in our immediate circles. - Andrew Murray

145. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8

146. For this sin hungry age we need a prayer-hungry Church. We need to explore again the "exceeding great and precious promises of God." In "that great day," the fire of judgment is going to test the sort, not the size, of the work we have done. That which is born in prayer will survive the test. Prayer does business with God. Prayer creates hunger for souls; hunger for souls creates prayer. The understanding soul prays, the praying soul gets understanding. To the soul who prays in self-owned weakness, the Lord gives His strength...Lord, let us pray- Leonard Ravenhill, in Why Revival Tarries,

147. It takes a tremendous amount of reiteration on God's part before we understand what prayer is. We do not pray at all until we are at our wits' end. - Oswald Chambers

148. The Ministry of Prayer, if it be anything worthy of the Name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and His holiness. - E. M. Bounds

149. The revelation of our spiritual standing is what we ask in prayer; sometimes what we ask is an insult to God; we ask with our eyes on the possibilities or on ourselves, not on Jesus Christ. - Oswald Chambers

150. ...our Lord prayed because He was concentrated on God; that is, He did not worship prayer. - Oswald Chambers

151. ... in times of declension we are inclined to place the need of prayer instead of penitent approach to God in the fore front. - Oswald Chambers

152. The purpose of prayer is the maintenance of fitness in an ideal relationship with God amid conditions which ought not to be merely ideal but really actual. prayer we lay hold on God and He unites us into His consciousness. - Oswald Chambers
152b. The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present all the time in every condition. - Oswald Chambers

153. Our Lord did not say it was wrong to pray in the corners of the street, but He did say it was wrong to have the motive to "be seen of men". - Oswald Chambers

154. It is not wrong to pray in the early morning, but it is wrong to have the motive that it should be known. - Oswald Chambers

155. To pray strenuously needs careful cultivation. We have to learn the most natural methods of expressing ourselves to our Father. - Oswald Chambers

156. ...a most beneficial exercise in secret prayer before the Father is to write things down exactly so I see exactly what I think and want to say. Only those who have tried these ways know the ineffable benefit of such strenuous times in secret. - Oswald Chambers

157. Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our person- but they are helpless against our prayer. Fellow Christians who love the cause of Christ- to prayer! To prayer! The times are calling us to it. We must press on. -- Sidlow Baxter

158. Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit. - Oswald Chambers

159. We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer. - Oswald Chambers

160. Prayer means that I come in contact with an almighty Christ, and almighty results happen along the lines He laid down. - Oswald Chambers

161. See that you do not use the trick of prayer to cover up what you know you ought to do., Oswald Chambers

162. The man who has gotten God's word in the prayer closet neither seeks nor expects encouragement from men for the delivery of that word. The Spirit himself bears witness of the approval.- Leonard Ravenhill

163. How wilt thou get a word from God if thou do not seek it? And how canst thou seek it but by earnest prayer? If otherwise, thou mayest get something that is the product of thy empty head to mumble over before the people, and spend a little time with them in the church. But O, it is a miserable preaching where the preacher can say, "Thus say I unto you, but no more",; and cannot say, "Thus saith the Lord." - Thomas Boston of Simprin (1699)

164. All earthly things with earth will pass away; Prayer grasps eternity. Then pray, always pray! - E. H. Bickersteth

166. True prayer is a lonely business - Samuel Chadwick

167. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Power helpeth our infirmity in prayer.
The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Life ends our deadness in prayer.
The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom delivers us from ignorance in this holy art of prayer.
The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Fire delivers us from coldness in prayer.
The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might comes to our aid in our weakness as we pray. - Leonard Ravenhill

168. (Re: "rend your hearts" Joel 2:13)       We rend our hearts:
by godly consideration and examination;
by the conviction of the Holy Spirit;
by recognition of our failure to pray;
by confessing that we have more appetite for material food than for spiritual;
by acknowledging that we like the company of men more than the company of God;
by abhorring ourselves because we love to play more than pray. - Leonard Ravenhill,

169. Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian.- Andrew Murray

170. A sense of the need of souls;
a Christlike love in the heart;
a consciousness of personal impotence;
faith in the power of prayer;
courage to persevere in spite of refusal;
and the assurance of an abundant reward;
these are the dispositions that constitute a Christian an intercessor, and call forth the power of prevailing prayer. - Andrew Murray

171. Every work of God can be traced to some kneeling form. - Dwight L. Moody

172. ...get a place for prayer where no one imagines that that is what you are doing. Shut the door and talk to God. - Oswald Chambers

173. Learn to be vicarious in public prayer. Allow two rivers to come through you: the river of God, and the river of human interests. Beware of the danger of preaching in prayer, of being doctrinal. - Oswald Chambers

174. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. Oswald Chambers

175. Prayer is God's ordained way, the insignificant way of prayer. -- Oswald Chambers

176. ...the purpose of prayer is to reveal the Presence of God, equally present at all times and in every condition. -- Oswald Chambers

177. Prayer is the key to success. Not to pray is to fail. To pray aright is never to fail. - Amzi Clarence Dixon

178. The place of real prayer is the Christian's treasure chamber. He is there in the midst of the treasures of grace which God has given him, and it is there that God enriches him more and more; but in the secret place of the Most High where he dwells, he is rich in love, joy, peace, and all the fruits of the Spirit. - Amzi Clarence Dixon

A. Pray Genuinely. Matt. 6:5 In prayer be genuine, for you are dealing with God.
B. Pray Secretly. Matt. 6:6 All real prayer is private with God the only auditor.
C. Pray Definitely. Matt. 6:7 God wants us to express our needs in a clear, intelligent manner.
D. Pray Fraternally. Matt.6:9 "Our Father" We are...united in family ties to all Christians.
E. Pray Reverently. Matt. 6:9 " Hallowed be thy name" Let no word pass our lips which in any way takes the name of God in vain.
F. Pray Loyally and Hopefully. Matt. 6:10 "Thy kingdom come" While we are permitted to be lovingly familiar, we must be loyally true.
G. Pray Submissively and Aggressively. Matt. 6:10 "Thy will be done" His will is law, and it is never violated. Such is the standard we should have before us, and we should be satisfied with nothing less.
H. Pray dependently. Matt. 6:11 "Give us this day our daily bread" ...the word "daily"...has in it no thought of time. It means "needed", "necessary."
I. Pray Cautiously. Matt. 6:13 "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One." We should keep as far from danger as possible.
          -taken from sermon "How to Pray", by Amzi Clarence Dixon

180. ...Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered. - Oswald Chambers

181. The tendency nowadays is to worship prayer, stress is put on nights of prayer and the difficulty and cost of prayer. It is not prayer that is strenuous, but the overcoming of our own laziness. If we make the basis of prayer our effort and agony and nights of prayer, we mistake the basis of prayer. The basis of prayer is not what it costs us, but what it costs God to enable us to pray. - Oswald Chambers

182. God answers prayer on the ground of Redemption and on no other ground. - Oswald Chambers

183. The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God. - Oswald Chambers
183b. If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself. - Oswald Chambers

184. Inarticulate prayer, the impulsive prayer that looks so futile, is the thing God always heeds. The habit of ejaculatory prayer ought to be the persistent habit of each one of us. - Oswald Chambers

185. When we learn to pray in the Holy Ghost, we find there are some things for which we cannot pray, there is a sense of restraint. Never push and say, "I know it is God's will and I am going to stick to it." Beware, remember what is recorded of the children of Israel: "He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." - Oswald Chambers

186. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. - Oswald Chambers

187. We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work. It is the supreme activity of everything that is noblest in our personality. - Oswald Chambers

188. The whole life of the believer should be prayer--and this is the summary and conclusion--every act, every word, every wish. The act that is not prayer in the ultimate, and the word which is not prayer in the last analysis, and the wish that is not prayer in the profoundest depth are to be put away; they do not become the life of faith. They are things that produce fainting. - George Campbell Morgan

189. Prayer is life passionately wanting, wishing, desiring God's triumph. Prayer is life striving and toiling everywhere and always for that ultimate victory. - George Campbell Morgan

190. Oh, how strenuous is life! I know a little of it. Men "ought always to pray, and not to faint." How fierce the battle! I know something of the conflict, but I ought not to faint, because I can pray. - George Campbell Morgan

191. Men ought not to faint because men ought to pray. - George Campbell Morgan

192. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do. — Charles Spurgeon

193. Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. — Corrie ten Boom

194. Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before. - A.W.Tozer

195. "Too busy; O forgive, Dear Lord, that I should ever be, too much engrossed in earthly tasks, to spend an hour with thee." -- A.B. Christiansen

196. "O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth." -- Andrew Murray

197. "The secret of praying is praying in secret." -- Leonard Ravenhill

198. "Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Ghost can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. Pray for prayer- pray till you can pray." -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

199. The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint. No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer. -- Oswald Chambers

200. Let none expect to have the mastery over his inward corruption in any degree, without going in weakness again and again to the Lord for strength. Nor will prayer for others, or conversing with the brethren, make up for secret prayer. - George Mueller


201. The prayer life does not consist of perpetual repetition of petitions. The prayer life consists of life that is always upward and onward and Godward. - George Campbell Morgan


202. Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid. - Oswald Chambers


203. Our true character comes out in the way we pray. - Oswald Chambers


204. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint. - Oswald Chambers


205. Prayer is not getting things from God, that is the most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God; I tell Him what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does. - Oswald Chambers


206. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is. - Oswald Chambers


207. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer. - Oswald Chambers


208. It will be a wonderful moment for some of us when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamoured for in early days and imagined were never answered, have been answered in the most amazing way, and that God's silence has been the sign of the answer. If we always want to be able to point to something and say, "This is the way God answered my prayer," God cannot trust us yet with His silence. - Oswald Chambers






Level 1: Ask. Matt. 7:7

Level 2: Seek. The asking becomes longer and more intense.

Level 3: Knock. Interceding becomes even more urgent and insistent.

Level 4: Fast. To the previous crescendo of intensity and urgency of intercession,fasting is added.

Level 5: Prayer burden. The burden may be intense and brief or perhaps extend over a longer time.

Level 6: Wrestling in prayer. Very intense praying.

Level 7: Prayer warfare. Prayer battle, extending over a prolonged period.

Wesley L. Duewel, in Mighty Prevailing Prayer


210. Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails, God says so. The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption sets the connection working and God gives life. - Oswald Chambers


211. ( Re: General Stonewall Jackson, recounted to Chaplain William W. Bennett) " I saw something today which affected me more than anything I ever saw or read on religion. While the battle was raging and the bullets were flying, Jackson rode by, calm as if he were at home, but his head was raised toward heaven, and his lips were moving evidently in prayer" America's God and Country, William J. Federer, p.27.


212. 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


213. We put it as our most sober judgment that the great need of the Church in this and all ages is men of such commanding faith, of such unsullied holiness, of such marked spiritual vigor and consuming zeal, that their prayers, faith, lives, and ministry will be of such a radical and aggressive form as to work spiritual revolutions which will form eras in individual and Church life. - E. M. Bounds


214. Prayer has mighty power to move mountains because the Holy Spirit is ready both to encourage our praying and to remove the mountains hindering us. Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways. - Wesley L. Duewel


215. Prevailing prayer is prayer that pushes right through all difficulties and obstacles, drives back all the opposing forces of Satan, and secures the will of God. Its purpose is to accomplish God's will on earth. Prevailing prayer is prayer that not only takes the initiative but continues on the offensive for God until spiritual victory is won. - Wesley L. Duewel


216. Many Christians are so spiritually frail, sickly, and lacking in spiritual vitality that they cannot stick to prayer for more than a few minutes at a time. - Wesley L. Duewel


217. Prayer is talking with God and telling Him you love Him, conversing with God about all the things that are important in life, both large and small, and being assured that He is listening. - C. Neil Strait


218. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8


219. The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29


220. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Prov. 28:9


221. The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God. - Jim Cymbala, in Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire


222. Trouble is one of God's great servants because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord. - Jim Cymbala


223. The main thing that God asks for is our attention. - Jim Cymbala, quoting a devotional writer


224. "...I learned as never before that persistent calling upon the Lord breaks through every stronghold of the devil, for nothing is impossible with God. For Christians in these troubled times, there is simply no other way." - Jim Cymbala


225. "It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves." - Luke 19:46


226. "Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves." - Mark 11:17


227. "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." - Matthew 21:13


228. " Does the Bible ever say anywhere from Genesis to Revelation, 'My house shall be called a house of preaching'? Does it ever say, 'My house shall be called a house of music'? Of course not. The Bible does say, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'. Preaching, music, the reading of the Word - these things are fine; I believe in and practice all of them. But they must never override prayer as the defining mark of God's dwelling. the honest truth is that I have seen God do more in people's lives during ten minutes of real prayer than in ten of my sermons." - Jim Cymbala


229.Only turning God's house into a house of fervent prayer will reverse the power of evil so evident in the world today - Jim Cymbala


230. Prayer for Disassociation from Deceiving Spirits:

"Heavenly Father, I commit myself unreservedly to Your will. If I have been deceived in any way, I pray that You will open my eyes to the deception. I command in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that all deceiving spirits depart from me and I renounce and reject all counterfeit gifts (or any other spiritual phenomena). Lord, if it is from You, bless it and cause it to grow that Your body may be blessed and edified through it. Amen."

- Neil Anderson, in The Bondage Breaker, Harvest House Publishers; copyright 1990, 1993; Eugene Oregon 97402; soft cover p.165


231. Prayer is the Christian's first line of defense against demonic influence. Fervent, sincere prayer thwarts Satan's activity like nothing else. - Adapted from statements from The Bondage Breaker


232. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. - The Holy Bible, James 5:16


232. Humility is the way for us to open communication with the merciful God of heaven. It is far better to pray in a private "room," be unseen by man, and have the approval of God than to give a public display of prayer and have a heart full of pride. - Selected


233. Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love. - Richard Foster


234. Intercession is cooperation with the Holy Spirit in his work to convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment. John 16:8 - Lars Widerberg, Intercessors Network.


235. "A powerful and necessary weapon in the prayer warfare is thinking, sharp, discerning thinking. 1 Peter 4:7. This attitude is a manifestation of the kingdom of God in the midst of turmoil." - Lars Widerberg


236. Regarding Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone----"Praying the cornerstone into its right and rightful place causes upheaval and sanctification. Praying the cornerstone into a society causes turning points. Praying the cornerstone is prophetic work, demanding work. Praying the cornerstone causes purging fire, first among the intercessors. Without this, any attempt to bring about awakening will miss the mark." Lars Widerberg


237. Prayer thrives in the atmosphere of true devotion. - E. M. Bounds


238. ". . . every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God's work and is powerless to project God's cause in this world."

- E. M. Bounds


239. He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven.

- E.M. Bounds


240. When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves. - A.W. Tozer


241. Prayer will promote our personal holiness as nothing else, except the study of the Word of God. - R.A Torrey


242. When the devil sees a man or woman who really believes in prayer, who knows how to pray, and who really does pray, and, above all, when he sees a whole church on its face before God in prayer, "he trembles" as much as he ever did, for he knows that his day in that church or community is at an end. - R.A. Torrey


243. The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after his holiness. - E.M. Bounds


244. "Prayer must be aflame. Its ardor must consume. Prayer without fervor is as a sun without light or heat, or as a flower without beauty or fragrance. A soul devoted to God is a fervent soul, and prayer is the creature of that flame. He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven." - E. M. Bounds


245. Enthusiasm is more active than faith, though enthusiasm cannot remove mountains nor call into action any of the omnipotent forces which faith can command. Activity is often at the expense of more solid, useful elements, and generally to the total neglect of prayer. To be too busy with God's work to commune with God, to be busy with doing church work without taking time to talk to God about His work, is the highway to backsliding, and many people have walked therein to the hurt of their immortal souls. - E. M. Bounds


246. So the preacher of the gospel asks your prayers: and it is a part of the duties arising out of the relationship between Christian men that those who are taught should pray for those who teach God's Word. - C. H. Spurgeon


247. No man can do a great and enduring work for God who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying. - E. M. Bounds, Power through Prayer - 8 Examples of Praying Men


248. Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer. - John Wesley


249. I have been driven many times to 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 the day. - Abraham Lincoln


250. The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America. - Lyndon B. Johnson


251. Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible. - Billy Graham


252. Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life. - William Law


253. You can do more than pray after you've prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. - John Bunyan


254. I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me.The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint. I have been keeping too late hours. - William Wilberforce


255. To pray is to let Jesus come into our hearts. It is not our prayer which moves the Lord Jesus. It is Jesus who moves us to pray. - O. Hallesby


256. May God open our eyes to see what the holy ministry of intercession is, to which, as His royal priesthood, we have been set apart. May He give us a large and strong heart to believe what mighty influence our prayers can exert. And may all fear as to our being able to fulfill our vocation vanish as we see Jesus, living ever to pray, living in us to pray, and standing surety for our prayer life." - Andrew Murray


257. O believing brethren! what an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe." - Robert Murray McCheyne.


258. "To despise the world is the way to enjoy heaven; and blessed are they who delight to converse with God by prayer." - John Bunyan


259. More of John Bunyan's quotations on prayer:


"Before you enter into prayer, ask thy soul these questions:


1. To what end, O my soul, art thou retired into this place?

Art thou not come to discourse the Lord in prayer?

Is he present; will he hear thee?

Is he merciful; will he help thee?

Is thy business slight; is it not concerning the welfare of thy soul?

What words wilt thou use to move him to compassion?


To make thy preparation complete, consider that thou art but dust and ashes, and he the great God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that clothes himself with light as with a garment; that thou art a vile sinner, he a holy God; that thou art but a poor crawling worm, he the omnipotent Creator.


In all your prayers forget not to thank the Lord for his mercies.


When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words, than thy words without a heart.


Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.


The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver.


Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God. and a scourge for Satan." - John Bunyan


260. "Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him "the mind of Christ," the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying." - E. M. Bounds


261. A holy life does not live in the closet, but it cannot live without the closet. - E. M. Bounds


262. "Prayer is the greatest vehicle to have a congregation united in seeing Christ's mission fulfilled." - Oni Kittle


262. It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God. - E. M. Bounds


263. "No man - I don't care how colossal his intellect - No man is greater than his prayer life." - Leonard Ravenhill


264. "To stand before men on behalf of God is one thing. To stand before God on behalf of men is something entirely different." - Leonard Ravenhill


265. "Pray absolutely for those things you may pray for absolutely. Pray conditionally for those things you may pray for conditionally. For those things you can't pray for - don't." - Paul Gerhardt


266. "Fall on your knees and grow there. There is no burden of the spirit but is lighter by kneeling under it. Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear." - F. B. Meyer


267. "Public prayers are of little worth unless they are founded on or followed up by private praying." - E. M Bounds


268. "Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer." - Fenelon


269. The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things. –O. Chambers


270. . "All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do everything, prayer is omnipotent." - R. A. Torrey


271. "When we pray for others the Spirit of God works in the unconscious domain of their being that we know nothing about, and the one we are praying for knows nothing about, but after the passing of time the conscious life of the one prayed for begins to show signs of unrest and disquiet. We may have spoken until we are worn out, but have never come anywhere near, and we have given up in despair. But if we have been praying, we find on meeting them one day that there is the beginning of a softening in an inquiry and a desire to know something. It is that kind of intercession that does most damage to Satan's kingdom. It is so slight, so feeble in its initial stages that if reason is not wedded to the light of the Holy Spirit, we will never obey it, and yet it is that kind of intercession that the New Testament places most emphasis on." - Oswald Chambers


272. "As white snowflakes fall quietly and thickly on a winter day, answers to prayer will settle down upon you at every step you take, even to your dying day. The story of your life will be the story of prayer and answers to prayer." --O. Hallesby


273. "The prayer that sparks revival begins long before the countryside seems to awaken from its slumber in sin. It starts when men fall on their knees and cry out to God. That's where true intimacy with God takes place and we begin the journey of being transformed into the image of Christ. And as men are transformed, the course of a nation can be changed." - Wellington Boone


274. "The true spirit of prayer is no other than God's own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer." - Jonathan Edwards in Sermon, Hypocrites Deficient in Prayer


275. "For the sun meets not the springing bud that stretches towards him with half that certainty as God, the source of all good, communicates Himself to the soul that longs to partake of Him." - William Law


276. "Your prayer life denotes how much you depend on your own ability, and how much you really believe in your heart when you sing, "Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling...." The more self- confidence you have, the less you pray. The less self-confidence you have, the more you have to pray." - Lars Widerberg, article on prayer - The Father's House a House of Prayer)


277. By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from other lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them. No wonder Jesus put such tremendous emphasis on prayer. –Oswald Chambers


278. The more helpless you are, the better you are fitted to pray, and the more answers to prayer you will experience. –O. Hallesby


279. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer. - Oswald Chambers


280. Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men. - Oswald Chambers


281. He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else. E. M. Bounds


282. A loving spirit is a condition of believing prayer. We cannot be wrong with man and right with God. The spirit of prayer is essentially the spirit of love. Intercession is simply love at prayer. - The Kneeling Christian, Chapter 11


283. "We feel sure that the weakness in the spiritual life of many churches is to be traced to an inefficient prayer-meeting, or the absence of meetings for prayer..... Can we not make the weekly prayer-meeting a live thing and a living force?" - The Kneeling Christian, Chapter 11


284. All hindrance to prayer arises from ignorance of the teaching of God's Holy Word on the life of holiness He has planned for all His children, or from an unwillingness to consecrate ourselves fully to Him. When we can truthfully say to our Father, "All that I am and have is thine," then He can say to us, "All that is mine is thine."- The Kneeling Christian, end of Chapter 11


285. "Through His Spirit, the Spirit of prayer, our life may be one of continual prayer. The Spirit of prayer will help you become an intercessor, asking great things of God for those around you." - Andrew Murray

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