Quotes

“If there was a defining characteristic of the early church, it is that its people prayed.” ~ Henry Blackaby

“How does a church become filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit of God? There is only one way: through prayer…. The transforming, life-giving work of the Holy Spirit only comes through powerful prayer.” ~ Cheryl Sacks

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but Jesus wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.” ~ Oswald Chambers.

“All prayer must be consistent with God’s character. God is always consistent with Himself; His works are consistent with His character. This means that when He answers prayer, He is consistent with what He has always been. Our aim is to bring ourselves–and therefore our prayers–in line with His aims.” ~ T. W. Hunt

“Those who know they can do nothing apart from abiding in Christ will cry out to God continually (John 15:5). People who become self-confident and proud will find they are too busy to pray.” ~ Henry Blackaby

“We must never allow the idea that because we have been obedient, because our need is great, because we long for it, therefore God will hear us. There is only one way into the holiest, and that is by the blood of Jesus.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“The wonderful truth is that God is both transcendent and personal. He is transcendent: he exists above or beyond time and space, since he existed before the universe was created. From this exalted and scarcely imaginable reach he sovereignly rules over the works of his hands. Yet he is personal: he presents himself to us no as raw power or irresistible force, but as Father, as Lord.” ~ D. A. Carson

“This is God’s desire for you–a love relationship with Him.” ~ Henry Blackaby

“Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous.” A. W. Tozer

“God could still change people and deliver them from evil. He was building his church in a tough neighborhood, and as long as people kept calling out for his blessing and help, he had fully committed himself to respond.” ~ Jim Cymbala

“True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice.” ~ J. H. Jowett

“Compassion may not always move people, but it should always move toward others. And where it is most helpless to relieve the needs of others, it can at least pray earnestly to God for other people.” ~ E. M. Bounds

“The primary story of Christianity involves people in fervent prayer and one-on-one witness.” ~ Keith J. Hardman

“Prayer has to come from within to be valid. Prayer is not valid just because words fall from our lips. The Lord said of Israel, ‘This people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me (Isaiah 29:13 [NASB]). Prayer must be rooted in who you are inside.” ~ Tony Evans

“The time we give [prayer] will be a true measure of its importance to us.” ~ J. Oswald Sanders

“Take heed of carrying purposes of going on in sin with thee to the throne of grace! This were a horrible wickedness…. Is it not enough to sin, but wouldst thou make God accessary to His dishonour also?” ~ William Gurnall

“When people do not mind what God speaks to them in His word, God doth as little mind what they say to Him in prayer.” ~ William Gurnall

“Prayer that is faithless is fruitless.” ~ Thomas Watson

“Proper prayer has several requisites. The first is that we approach God with sincerity. Empty and insincere phrases are a mockery to Him…. The second is that we approach God with reverence. In prayer we must always remember to whom we are speaking. To address God in a cavalier, casual, or flippant manner, as we might speak with our earthly friends, is to treat Him with the contempt of familiarity…. The third requisite, which follows from the previous ones, is that we approach God with humility. Not only must we remember who He is, but we must also remember who and what we are. We are His adopted children. We are also sinful creatures. He invites us to come boldly before Him, but never arrogantly.” ~ R. C. Sproul

“Praying is not like carpentry or cooking. It is the active exercise of a personal relationship, a kind of friendship, with the living God and his Son, Jesus Christ, and the way it goes is more under divine control than under ours.” ~ J. I. Packer

“First, [prayer] is a conversation. I am privileged to talk to God as a man to his maker …. Second, it is a trinitarian exercise. I pray to the Father through the mediation of the Son and the enabling of the Holy Spirit…. Third, prayer is a response, the human side of a two-way fellowship…. Fourth, prayer is a doxology, that is, a matter of giving God glory and worship…. Fifth, prayer takes the form of a two-tone address, in which praise prompted by a vision of God (who he is, what he has done, what he will do) alternates with petition evoked by a sense of need. Sixth, prayer is an exertion. The Holy Spirit’s help, without which we could not pray at all, does not make lifting our hearts to God and concentrating on him any less hard…. Seventh, prayer is a means to energy. Spiritual alertness, vigor, and confidence are the regular spin-off from earnest prayer on any subject…. Finally, prayer is a reward, for recognizable answers to prayer bring joy and encouragement as nothing else does.” ~ J. I. Packer

“The temptation to make our relation to God judicial instead of personal is very strong. Believing for salvation has these days been reduced to a once-done act that requires no further attention. The young believer becomes aware of an act performed rather than of a living Saviour to be followed and adored.” ~ A. W. Tozer

“A thousand distractions would woo us away from thoughts of God, but if we are wise we will sternly put them from us and make room for the King and take time to entertain Him. Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it. God will respond to our efforts to know Him. The Bible tells us how; it is altogether a matter of how much determination we bring to the holy task.” ~ A. W. Tozer

“There are activities you can undertake that may look and feel like prayer, but they’re not really prayer if God is not truly engaged.” ~ Stephen and Alex Kendrick

“The disciples are permitted to pray because Jesus tells them they may–and he knows the Father. He promises that God will hear them. That is to say, the disciples pray only because they are followers of Christ and have fellowship with him. Only those who, like them, adhere to Jesus have access to the Father through him. All Christian prayer is directed to God through a Mediator, and not even prayer affords direct access to the Father. Only through Jesus Christ can we find the Father in prayer. Christian prayer presupposes faith, that is, adherence to Christ. He is the one and only Mediator of our prayers. We pray at his command, and to that word Christian prayer is always bound.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Saying prayers and pouring out the heart before God are totally different things: a self-righteous Pharisee may be diligent in the former, only one who has been born again will do the latter.” ~ A. W. Pink

“Let the first rule of right prayer then be to have our heart and mind framed as becomes those who are entering into converse with God.” ~ John Calvin

“[Jesus] has bidden us to say, ‘Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come,’ so that our Father is still to be regarded as a King. Therefore, in prayer we come, not only to our Father’s feet, but we come also to the throne of the Great Monarch of the universe. The mercyseat is a throne, and we must not forget this.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

“[Sin] is a state of heart. I suppose we can sum it up by saying that sin is ultimately self-worship and self-adulation, and our Lord shows (what to me is an alarming and terrifying thing) that this tendency on our part to self-adulation is something that follows us even into the very presence of God. It sometimes produces the result that even when we try to persuade ourselves that we are worshipping God, we are actually worshipping ourselves and doing nothing more.” ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“If a restaurant is called a ‘House of Fish,’ that implies … that the prominent practice of that establishment is the cooking and eating of fish. When you call a place a ‘house of something,’ you certainly expect that ‘something’ to be the predominant practice of the establishment. In the exact same way, if the church is to be the ‘house of prayer,’ God expects prayer to be its predominant ongoing practice. When a church chooses to become a house of prayer, the practice of prayer literally saturates all it does.” ~ Greg Frizzell

“We are plagued with such poverty and destitution that even the best of us must sigh and groan continually, and call on the Lord with all humility.” ~ John Calvin

“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

“The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.” ~ Thomas Watson

“That prayer is most likely to pierce heaven which first pierces one’s own heart.” ~ Thomas Watson

 “There is a wonderful prevalency in the joint prayers of [God’s] people. When Peter was in prison, the church met and prayed him out of his enemies’ hands. A prince will grant a petition subscribed by the hands of the whole city, which, may be, he would not at the request of a private subject, and yet love him well too. There is an especial promise to public prayer: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” ~ William Gurnall

“Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is to life.” He also notes, “When God is about to do a mighty new thing He always sets His people praying.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

“Studying revivals throughout history will reveal that they are not identical. Revivals in Wales, New England, Kentucky, Korea, India, Ruanda, and South Africa had characteristics unique to the people and the social environment in which they occurred. However, in every revival the consistent common denominator is fervent, faithful, persistent, righteous prayer.” ~ Henry Blackaby

“I want to be that man in Ezekiel who’s agreeing with God. My natural eye and heart want to cry out, ‘Judge it!’ Instead, I’m saying, ‘God have mercy.’ Because I’ve not forgotten who I was. I was destined for hell and somebody prayed for me so shouldn’t I pray for others?” ~ Carter Conlon

“There are endless treasures of grace waiting for those who will make even the most feeble attempts to pray. The weakest prayers yield grace.” ~ Paul Washer

“A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men.” Leonard Ravenhill

“A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill

“How could we have such a low view of the gospel of Jesus Christ that we have to manipulate men psychologically to get them to come down and pray a prayer?… How many times I have heard evangelists say, ‘It’ll only take five minutes.”? No my dear friend, it will take your life–all of it!” ~ Paul Washer

“God doesn’t take super men or women. He takes ordinary people who simply want a relationship with him. He begins to do supernatural things through their lives.” ~ Carter Conlon

“Prayer and humility, along with a hatred for sin, produces a ‘mind to work.’ ‘So build we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work’ (Nehemiah 4:6). True revival of holiness always produces workers. Books and seminars and lectures don’t–but revival does!” ~ David Wilkerson

“I believe the place of prayer is not only a place where I lose my burdens, but also a place where I get a burden. He shares my burden and I share His burden. … To know that burden, we must hear the voice of the Spirit. To hear that voice, we must be still and know that He is God.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill