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Favorite Quotes On Prayer
A brief collection of famous and lesser known quotes regarding our favorite activity
We gathered some of our favorite quotes on prayer and praying. Here is a short list of inspiring and thought provoking statements by some names you may have heard of. We shamelessly included a few of our own:
Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.
But if God is so good as you represent Him, and if He knows all that we need, and better far than we do ourselves, why should it be necessary to ask Him for anything?" I answer, "What if He knows prayer to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God's idea of prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need - the need of Himself?
Brethren, let us pray for men that they may be saved. Simple as the statement is, I feel sure that we shall see more conversions when more people pray for conversions.
No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.
—E M Bounds
To pray in Jesus’ name is to trust the saving work of the Lord Jesus as the sole ground of our access to God. We could never go to God just in our own name. We couldn’t go to God and plead based on our own merits. No, we go to God in Jesus’ name—and it is a tremendous privilege to do so! Only because we have a sympathetic High Priest can we “draw near to the throne of grace” with confidence that God Most High will receive us.
The Church today is mostly powerless because it is mostly prayerless. Our prayers are infrequent and limited to a few minutes before a meeting or meals. We know we should pray, but we spend more time and energy in many other areas. The Church needs to pray, and pray more!
When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.
What prayer most often changes is the wickedness and the hardness of our own hearts.
When you go in to your closet to pray in secret, along with your prayer manual (your Bible) have a time, a place, and a list. Set a time for each day, and stick to it. Designate a specific location you can use regularly for praying alone. And use a list of prayers and people. These three tools can help you focus your prayer time.
When many of God’s children desire earnestly to obtain an answer from God, they fix their whole heart upon the promise, and try their utmost to grasp that promise in faith. When they do not succeed, they are ready to give up hope; the promise is true, but it is beyond their power to take hold of it in faith. Let faith focus on God more than on the thing promised, because it is His love, His power, His living presence that will awaken and work the faith.
It is on the Lord’s promises we stand, and on which we ask for when we pray; God made a promise and we come to ask Him accordingly to fulfill His particular promise. Why? Because this is what He has already said He wants to do. To pray in faith is to pray for that which God has promised, and that is: what is in His Word, His Truth. God has promised some things absolutely and unconditionally, and we can be confident that when we ask these in faith we will receive them.
Solomon called upon God to keep the promises that He made. This is the great secret to power in prayer — to take God’s promises to heart in faith, and then boldly and reverently call upon Him to fulfill the promises.
Did any of you, parents, ever hear your child wake from sleep with some panic fear and shriek the mother's name through the darkness? Was not that a more powerful appeal than all words? And, depend upon it, that the soul which cries aloud on God, "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," though it have "no language but a cry," will never call in vain.
Almost certainly God is not in Time. His life does not consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty. Ten-thirty --and every other moment from the beginning of the world-- is always the Present for Him. If you like to put it that way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashed in flames.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him, he also hears their cry and saves them.
—David, Psalm 145:18-19
If we would pray aright, the first thing we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him.
— R. A. Torrey
Prayer lays hold of God's plan and becomes the link between his will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit's prayer.
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
—Corrie Ten Boom
Worship and intercession must go together; the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray.
God’s Word, the Bible, is the Lord talking to us, prayer is us talking to God.
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Until Monday, grace and peace
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