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If we would have God in the closet, God must have us out of the closet. There is no way of praying to God, but by living to God.

    Topics: Prayer, Faithful

Men would pray better if they lived better. They would get more from God if they lived more obedient and well-pleasing to God.

    Topics: Prayer, Obedience, Men

We can never know God as it is our privilege to know Him by brief repetitions that are requests for personal favors, and nothing more.

    Topics: Prayer

There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Flamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls. Our whole being must be in our praying.

    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance, Attitude

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.

    Topics: Prayer, Fire, The Heart

To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God's work, and man's best labor.

    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance, Work

Importunity is a condition of prayer. We are to press the matter, not with vain repetitions, but with urgent repetitions. We repeat, not to count the times, but to gain the prayer. We cannot quit praying because heart and soul are in it. We pray "with all perseverance." We hang to our prayers because by them we live. We press our pleas because we must have them, or die.

    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element of prayer. Men must be in earnest when they kneel at God's footstool. Too often we get faint-hearted and quit praying at the point where we ought to begin. We let go at the very point where we should hold on strongest. Our prayers are weak because they are not impassioned by an unfailing and resistless will.

    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

The possibilities of prayer are found in its allying itself with the purposes of God, for God's purposes and man's praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces.

    Topics: Prayer

Prayer puts God's work in his hands-and keeps it there.

    Topics: Prayer

I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor's door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.

    Topics: Prayer, Patience

It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.

    Topics: Prayer, Patience

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