Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Some of My Favourite Quotes on Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present all the time in every condition. - Oswald Chambers

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

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

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

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

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

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

. . . 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  1. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!! Did I tell you, I loved it?! Great quotes! Again, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to do some stealing!! LOL!!! By the way, thanks for the prayer time this morning. Although praying many miles across the ocean, it's always a blessing! Love you much!

  2. Mel, it is such a blessing to be able to pray with you from time to time! Thank you for being one of my best friends! Your friendship means more than you can imagine! Love you!