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Prayer is the link that connects us with God.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Prayer

There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of a believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer...the hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheel of the universe.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Prayer

When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. And so on. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Prayer

When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Prayer

Christ holds that prayer is a tremendous power which achieves what, without it, was a sheer impossibility. And this amazing thing you can set into operation. And the fact that you are not so using it, and simply don't believe in it and its efficiency and efficacy as our fathers did, and that so many nowadays agree with you, is certainly a major reason why the churches are so cold, and the promises seem so tardy of fulfillment.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer, Church

If we are whimpering, and sniveling, and begging to be spared the discipline of life that is sent to knock some smatterings of manhood into us, the answer to that prayer may never come at all. Thank God! If you are not bleating to get off, but asking to be given grace and strength to see this through with honour, "The very day" you pray that prayer, the answer always comes.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer, Strength

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Prayer, Unity, Revival

God has no greater controversy with His people today than this, that with boundless promises to believing prayer, there are so few who actually give themselves unto intercession.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude - an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Attitude

It's true that (many) are praying for a worldwide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Preaching, Revival

Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Gifts, Confession

Prayer is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Providence

Prayer is not intended to change God's purpose, nor is it to move Him to form fresh purposes. God has decreed that certain events shall come to pass through the means He has appointed for their accomplishment.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer

Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer

The prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked. But this is a most dishonouring and degading conception. The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No, prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seemeth Him best.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Trust

Selfishness is never so exquisitely selfish as when it is on its knees. ... Self turns what would otherwise be a pure and powerful prayer into a weak and ineffective one.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Prayer, Selfishness

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Men, Humility

When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Apathy, Prayer

Nothing is impossible,' said one of the seven sages of Greece, 'to industry.' Let us change the word, 'industry,' to 'persevering prayer,' and the motto will be more Christian and more worthy of universal adoption.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Prayer

God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

God answers all true prayer, either in kind or in kindness.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Prayer

The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Prayer

The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer worth calling prayer, prayer that God will call true prayer and will treat as true prayer, takes for more time by the clock than one man in a thousand thinks.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

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

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the only way to amend your life: and without prayer, it will never be mended.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

No prayer!--No faith!--No Christ in the heart. Little prayer!--Little faith!--Little Christ in the heart. Increasing prayer!--Increasing faith!--Increasing Christ in the heart!. Much prayer!--Much faith!--Much Christ in the heart! Praying always!--Faith always!--Christ always!

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

Every kind of prayer, not intercessory prayer only, which is the highest kind of prayer, but all prayer, from the lowest kind to the highest, is impossible in a life of known and allowed sin.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

No man's prayer is acceptable with God whose life is not well pleasing before God.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Life

Admit sin, and you banish prayer. But, on the other hand, entertain, and encourage, and practice prayer, and sin will sooner or later flee before it.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Sin

If you find your life of prayer to be always so short, and so easy, and so spiritual, as to be without cost and strain and sweat to you, you may depend upon it, you have not yet begun to pray.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

When an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant, I shrink back from it; if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart's choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Prayer, Choices

Fasting is abstaining from anything that hinders prayer.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Fasting

The Prince of the power of the air seems to bend all the force of his attack against the spirit of prayer.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Satan, Prayer

0h 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 inright earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its way into our prayer closets...

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

God will not let me get the blessing without asking. Today I am setting my face to fast and pray for enlightenment and refreshing. Until I can get up to the measure of at least two hours in pure prayer every day, I shall not be contented. Meditation and reading besides.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

We must continue in prayer if we are to get an outpouring of the Spirit. Christ says there are some things we shall not get, unless we pray and fast, yes, "prayer and fasting." We must control the flesh and abstain from whatever hinders direct fellowship with God.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Fasting, Sacrifice

Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: God, Prayer, Love

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Strength, Holiness

The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us in our daily conduct.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Humility

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

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the natural and joyous breathing of the spiritual life by which the heavenly atmosphere is inhaled and then exhaled in prayer.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

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.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Revival

The enemy uses all his power to lead the Christian, and above all the minister, to neglect prayer. He knows that however admirable the sermon may be, however attractive the service, however faithful the pastoral visitation, none of these things can damage him or his kingdom if prayer is neglected.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Satan, Prayer

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.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God's messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

Know your HOLY GOD intimately. (When you have seen His glory, His holiness and His love - by drawing close to Him in prayer - then you can usually see through any counterfeits because you know the "real thing" so well).

    Author: Andrew Strom
    Topics: Discernment, Prayer

Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.
- Benjamin Franklin

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: God, Prayer, Business

We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing the game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism...To your knees, man! and to your Bible! Decide at once! Don't hedge! Time flies! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Enlist!
- C.T. Studd

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, The Bible, Time

Prayer that runs its course till the last day of life needs a strong and tranquil soul.
- Clement of Alexandria

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer

Whenever God erects a house of prayer, the devil always builds a chapel there; And 'twill be found, upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation.
- Daniel Defoe

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Satan, Church

God hath divers ways into divers men. Into some he comes at noon, in the sunshine of prosperity; to some in the dark and heavy clouds of adversity. Some he affects with the music of the church; some, with some particular collect or prayer; some, with some passage of a sermon, which takes no hold of him that stands next to him. Watch the way of the Spirit of God into thee.
- John Donne

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Music, Prosperity

Prayer is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end.
- Richard Hooker

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Righteousness

The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.
- Sameul M. Zwemer

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Missions, Prayer

Let your prayer for temporal blessings be strictly limited to things absolutely necessary.
- Bernard of Clairvaux

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Contentment

Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations.
- Bernard of Clairvaux

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer

Like an echo from a ruined castle, prayer is an echo from the ruined human soul of the sweet promise of God.
- William D. Arnot

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Prayer

Every saint is God's temple, and he who carries His temple about him, may go to prayer when he pleaseth.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Christians

What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the preface to the book of Christian living; the text of the new life sermon; the girding on of the armor for battle; the pilgrim's preparation for his journey. It must be supplemented by action or it amounts to nothing.

    Author: Austin Phelps
    Topics: Prayer

How different the world would look, how different the state of our nation would be, if there were more sanctified priestly souls! These are souls who have the power to bless, for they intercede with sanctified hearts. They never begin their daily time of intercessory prayer without having first brought to the cross all that is unholy in their lives, so that their old self can be crucified there with Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb.

    Author: Basilea Schlink
    Topics: Intercession

Prayer means lovingly contemplating the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, allowing our hearts to be enkindled to praise and adore the love and omnipotence of the most blessed Trinity.

    Author: Basilea Schlink
    Topics: Prayer, The Trinity

Prayer means talking over with Jesus everything that happens from morning until night.

    Author: Basilea Schlink
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer means rushing to the Father as His child. It means asking and receiving, loving and thanking Him.

    Author: Basilea Schlink
    Topics: Prayer, Gratitude

When human reason has exhausted every possibility, the children can go to their Father and receive all they need. ... For only when you have become utterly dependent upon prayer and faith, only when all human possibilities have been exhausted, can you begin to reckon that God will intervene and work His miracles.

    Author: Basilea Schlink
    Topics: Reasoning, Miracles

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Christianity, Discouragement, Prayer

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Prayer

The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Prayer, Service, Healing

If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Prayer, Power

One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Prayer

The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were on my knees.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Source: The Practice of the Presence of God
    Topics: Prayer, Business

Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Prayer, Confession

In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Prayer, Jesus

Some men will spin out a long prayer telling God who and what he is, or they pray out a whole system of divinity. Some people preach, others exhort the people, till everybody wishes they would stop, and God wishes so, too, most undoubtedly.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Prayer

Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Prayer

A low standard of prayer means a low standard of character and a low standard of service. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Prayer, Service

Just as in prayer it is not we who momentarily catch His attention, but He ours, so when we fail to hear His voice, it is not because He is not speaking so much as that we are not listening. We must recognize that all things are in God and that God is in all things, and we must learn to be very attentive, in order to bear God speaking in His ordinary tone without any special accent.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

It makes a great difference in our feeling towards others if their needs and their joys are on our lips in prayer; as also it makes a vast difference in their feelings towards us if they know that we are in the habit of praying for them.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Prayer, Feelings

The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The World will go limping until Christ's prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Christianity, Unity

Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Preaching

If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word - prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Christianity, Prayer

A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Apathy

A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Self-denial, Holiness

I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

I trust there are none here present, who profess to be followers of Christ who do not also practice prayer in their families. We may have no positive commandment for it, but we believe that it is so much in accord with the genius and spirit of the gospel, and that it is so commended by the example of the saints, that the neglect thereof is a strange inconsistency.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Restraining Prayer, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, v. 51, p. 327.
    Topics: Family, Prayer

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

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Power, Prayer

In all states of dilemma or of difficulty, prayer is an available source. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans, and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth of blessings!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

It is the burning lava of the soul that has a furnace within---a very volcano of grief and sorrow--it is that burning lava of prayer that finds its way to God. No prayer ever reaches God's heart which does not come from our hearts.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

It is well said that neglected prayer is the birth-place of all evil.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

Methinks every true Christian should be exceedingly earnest in prayer concerning the souls of the ungodly; and when they are so, how abundantly God blesses them and how the church prospers!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Autobiography, 1:329.
    Topics: Prayer

Oh, without prayer what are the church's agencies, but the stretching out of a dead man's arm, or the lifting up of the lid of a blind man's eye? Only when the Holy Spirit comes is there any life and force and power.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 8.465.
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit, Power

Oh! yes, (the prayer meeting) is the place to meet with the Holy Ghost, and this is the way to get His mighty power. If we would have Him, we must meet in greater numbers; we must pray with greater fervency, we must watch with greater earnestness, and believe with firmer steadfastness. The prayer meeting...is the appointed place for the reception of power.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Prayer Meetings, August 30th, 1868.
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit, Power

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Our prayers run along one road and God's answers by another, and by and by they meet.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Prayer

I am as certain as I am standing here, that the secret of much mischief to our own souls, and to the souls of others, lies in the way that we stint, and starve, and scamp our prayers, by hurrying over them.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

I don't mean that there is too little New Testament language in our prayers; but there is too little both Old and New Testament language meditated on, understood, believed, realised and felt. There is too little Scripture substance, Scripture strength, Scripture depth, and Scripture height, in our prayers.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Scripture

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Unbelief

A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.
- Brother Lawrence

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Worship

Right Pharisees, by their long-winded prayers winding themselves into the opinions of some and the estates of others.
- Robert Sanderson

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Hypocrisy

We are never more like Christ than in prayers of intercession.

    Author: Austin Phelps
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Prayer, Sports

Yank some of the groans out of your prayers, and shove in some shouts.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Prayer

A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Prayer, Worship, The Heart

Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

If you do get lost, some of you will have to wade through your mother's tears and leap over your father's prayers and your minister's entreaties. You will have to force a passage through the warnings of godly people and the examples of pious relatives. Why this effort to destroy your own souls?

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Rebellion

Only the prayer which comes from our heart can get to God's heart.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 20.65.
    Topics: Prayer, The Heart

Our prayers have stains in them, our faith is mixed with unbelief, our repentance is not so tender as it should be, our communion is distant and interrupted. We cannot pray without sinning, and there is filth even in our tears.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 11.135.
    Topics: Sin

Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermon #1935, delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Thursday evening, October 7th,
    Topics: Prayer, Praise

Prayer can never be in excess.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

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.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Peace

Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit

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.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

The best worship that we ever render to God is far from perfect. Our praises, how faint and feeble they are! Our prayers, how wandering, how wavering they are! When we get nearest to God, how far off we are! When we are most like Him, how greatly unlike Him we are!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 40.330.
    Topics: Worship

The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of the first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church, Prayer

There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Treasury of David, Comments on Psalm 61:8.
    Topics: Praise

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.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

We may expect answers to prayer, and should not be easy without them any more than we should be if we had written a letter to a friend upon important business, and had received no reply.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Exposition of Psalm 27.
    Topics: Prayer

We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Prayer

When a tear is wept by you, think not your Father does not behold; for, "Like as a father pities his children so the Lord pities them that fear Him." Your sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah; your whisper can incline His ear unto you; your prayer can stay His hands; your faith can move His arm. Oh! think not that God sits on high in an eternal slumber, taking no account of you.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Sympathy of the Two Worlds, Sermon, Luke 15:10.
    Topics: Trials

Beware, I pray thee, of presuming that thou art saved. If thy heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou hast really repented; if there be a thorough change of mind in thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be no vital change, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying "I am saved" is but thine own assertion, and it may delude, but it will not deliver thee.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Renewal

To God your every Want In instant Prayer display, Pray always; Pray, and never faint; Pray, without ceasing, Pray.

    Author: Charles Wesley
    Topics: Prayer

In Fellowship; alone To God, with Faith, draw near, Approach His Courts, besiege His Throne With all the power of Prayer.

    Author: Charles Wesley
    Topics: Prayer, Faith, Fellowship

To be used of God. Is there anything more encouraging, more fulfilling? Perhaps not, but there is something more basic: to meet with God. To linger in His presence, to shut out the noise of the city and, in quietness, give Him the praise He deserves. Before we engage ourselves in His work, let's meet Him in His Word... in prayer... in worship.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Service, Prayer, Worship

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

    Author: Corrie Ten Boom
    Topics: Prayer

Prayerlessness is a sin.

    Author: Corrie Ten Boom
    Topics: Prayer, Sin

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.

    Author: Corrie Ten Boom
    Topics: Prayer

When praying for the Lord's will about something questionable, don't give up if you don't receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear.

    Author: Curtis Hutson
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is a serious thing. We may be taken at our words.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer

I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer, Forgiveness

If we do not love one another, we certainly shall not have much power with God in prayer.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer, Love, Power

A man who prays much in private will make short prayers in public.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Source: Christian History, n. 25.
    Topics: Prayer

Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer

Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer, Thankfulness

Prayer does not mean that I am to bring God down to my thoughts and my purposes, and bend his government according to my foolish, silly, and sometimes sinful notions. Prayer means that I am to be raised up into feeling, into union and design with him; that I am to enter into his counsel and carry out his purpose fully.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer

How far away is Heaven? It is not so far as some imagine. It wasn't very far from Daniel. It was not so far off that Elijah's prayer and those of others could not be heard there. Men full of the Spirit can look right into heaven.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Heaven

We have in our churches a great deal of prayer, but I think it would be a good thing if we had a praise meeting occasionally. If we could only get people to praise God for what He has done, it would be a good deal better than asking Him continually for something.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Praise, Church

The world knows little of the works wrought by prayer.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer

Unless the Spirit of God is with us, we cannot expect that our prayers will be answered.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit

The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Mothers, Prayer

Sometimes the Father may box us in, place us in a situation in which, one by one, all our secondary helps and supports are taken from us, in order that, defenseless, we may lean on His mercy alone - prayer. Once we see this, we will no longer regard prayer as a pious cop-out but as our only rational activity.

    Author: Dale Ralph Davis
    Source: 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel, p. 76.
    Topics: Prayer, Mercy

To attempt to pay for salvation with church membership, prayers, or good deeds is an insult to Christ, who paid the full price--and is a rejection of the gift of God's grace.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Salvation, Pride

When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Meditation, Prayer, Service

The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Apathy, Prayer, Believing

Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Source: Mr. Brainerd's Remains, consisting of Letters and Other Papers
    Topics: Prayer, Meditation, Truth

Because the church is God's beloved, the care of it should be most in our mind, and the love of the preservation of it should draw forth our prayer most in favour of it.

    Author: David Dickson
    Topics: Intercession

Prayer is the hard-work business of Christianity, and it nets amazing results.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Prayer, Backsliding, Missions

The Bible tells us that whenever we come before God, whatever our purpose or prayer request, we are always to come with a thankful heart.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Gratitude, Prayer, The Bible

There is a moral and spiritual war for the souls of Americans. And this war must be waged by preaching the Gospel, prayer, and obedience to God's Word.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Evangelism, America, The Gospel

The Lord intends us to be powerful people-mighty in optimism and hopeful of spirit, powerful in evangelistic zeal, potent in influence, sturdy in moral fiber and purity. We can be powerhouses in prayer and preaching.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Evangelism, Preaching, Power

The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. The morning prayer determines the day.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer, Discipline

When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer

If we are to pray aright, perhaps it is quite necessary that we pray contrary to our own heart. Not what we want to pray is important, but what God wants us to pray. The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer, Humility, The Heart

Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one's heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer, The Heart

At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Source: Prison doctor witness to Bonhoeffer's death
    Topics: Death

It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Prayer, Faith, Joy

How many there are whose lives are weak and whose service is poor and ineffective, just because they have not zealously guarded the time and place of prayer!

    Author: Duncan Campbell
    Topics: Prayer

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Piety, Patience

God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Love

Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Service

The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Goals, Waiting

Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Providence, Power

Prayer is a trade to be learned. We must be apprentices and serve our time at it. Painstaking care, much thought, practice and labour are required to be a skillful tradesman in praying. Practice in this, as well as in all other trades, makes perfect.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one's self in God's glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Faith, Humility

Other duties become pressing and absorbing and crowd our prayer. "Choked to death" would be the coroner's verdict in many cases of dead praying if an inquest could be secured on this dire, spiritual calamity.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Apathy

Trouble and prayer are closely related. Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Adversity

Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

Our praying, to be strong, must be buttressed by holy living. The life of faith perfects the prayer of faith.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Holiness, Faith

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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

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

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    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.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Patience

God's willingness to answer our prayers exceeds our willingness to give good and necessary things to our children, just as far as God's ability, goodness and perfection exceed our infirmities and evil.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities-they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer, like faith, obtains promises, enlarges their operation, and adds to the measure of their results.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Purity, Fire

Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it dies, chilled and starved to its vitals. True prayer must be aflame.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Love

Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit

Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is no fitful, short-lived thing. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God's ear, and it lives as long as God's ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God's heart is alive to holy things.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, The Heart

God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Life, The Heart

A man can pray better because of the prayers of the past; a man can live holier because of the prayers of the past; the man of many and acceptable prayers has done the truest and greatest service to the incoming generation.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Holiness

The prayers of God's saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Good and Evil

There is power through prayer. For many Christians, prayer is nothing special, just something we're supposed to do - go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray. But prayer should be so much more than an item on our "to do" lists.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Holiness, The Bible


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