Quotes on Prayer

“Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God. It is a deposit slip – a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.”
– Dutch Sheets

Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for.
– John Piper

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“The power of our prayers, lies not primarily in our effort and striving, or in any technique, but rather in our knowledge of God.”
-Timothy Keller, Prayer

“There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying.”
– John G. Lake

“You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day.”
– Fredrik Wisloff

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
– Corrie Ten Boom

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“Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.”
– Jaques Ellul

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
– John Bunyan

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“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude — an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.”
– Arthur Pink

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightul that that of a continual conversation with God.”
– Brother Lawrence

“God warms his hands at man’s heart when he prays.”
– John Masefield

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“Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.”
– Charles Finney

“In worship, God imparts himself to us.”
– C. S. Lewis

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
– E. M. Bounds

“It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.”
– Hudson Taylor

“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.”
– Billy Graham

“Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.”
– Oswald Chambers

“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.” ~ Andrew Murray

“Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation — and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies.” ~ Frank C. Laubach

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” ~ J. Sidlow Baxter

“God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“The supreme thing is worship. The attitude of worship is the attitude of a subject bent before the King… The fundamental thought is that of prostration, of bowing down.” ~ Campbell Morgan

“Learn to worship God as the God who does wonders, who wishes to prove in you that He can do something supernatural and divine.” ~ Andrew Murray

“All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don’t pray, they don’t happen.” ~ Dan Hayes

“God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.” ~ Richard Cecil

“I have lived to thank God that not all my prayers have been answered.” ~ Jean Ingelow

“Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul.” ~ Hannah More

“We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.” ~ Charles Stanley

“Since God knows our future, our personalities, and our capacity to listen, He isn’t ever going to say more to us than we can deal with at the moment.” ~ Charles Stanley

“An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.” ~ Charles Stanley

“The amount of time we spend with Jesus, meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face, establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.” ~ Charles Stanley

“The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord, listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits.” ~ Charles Stanley

“Often times God wants us to sit before Him in quietness. He doesn’t want us to do all the talking. As Is. 30:15 says “In quiet and confidence will be your strength.” ~  Charles Stanley

“To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.” ~  Charles Stanley

“If we rationalize our problems when He points them out, we will spend less and less time meditating because we won’t want to face God in that area of our lives. ~  Charles Stanley

“He wants you all to Himself to put His loving, divine arms around you.” ~  Charles Stanley

“God’s voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour.” ~  Charles Stanley

“God will never tell us to do something that gratifies the flesh.” ~ Charles Stanley

” When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part.” ~  Charles Stanley

“His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but into bold witness.” ~ Charles Stanley

“The greatest gift we can give to others is our prayers.” ~ Unknown

“Praying in faith is not an inner conviction that God will act according to our desires if only we believe hard enough.  It involves believing that God will always respond to our prayers in accord with his nature, his purposes, and his promises.” ~  Alvin VanderGriend

“Worship is [our] response of all that [we] are — mind, emotions, will and body — to all that God is and says and does.” ~ Warren Wiersbe (Real Worship)

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“The engagement of the heart in worship is the coming alive of the feelings and emotions and affections of the heart.  Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.” ~ John Piper

“Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth.” ~  John Piper (Desiring God)

“Praying puts us at risk of getting involved in God’s conditions.  Be slow to pray.  Praying most often doesn’t get us what we want but what God wants, something quite at variance with what we conceive to be in our best interests.” ~  Eugene Peterson

“Prayer is essentially the expression of our heart longing for love.  It is not so much the listing of our requests but the breathing of our own deeprest request, to be united with God as fully as possible.” ~  Jeffrey D. Imbach (Recovery of Love)

A Grandfather’s Prayer: “I ask God most often that we would be an unbroken line of Christians until Christ shall return.”

“Like all good things, prayer requires some discipline. Yet I believe that life with God should seem more like friendship than duty. Prayer includes moments of ecstasy and also dullness, mindless distraction and acute concentration, flashes of joy and bouts of irritation. In other words, prayer has features in common with all relationships that matter.” ~  Philip Yancey

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” ~  Abraham Lincoln

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“The third petition of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone’s will be done but their own.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles, When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devils shouts for joy.” ~  Corrie Ten Boom

“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 task.” ~ Phillip Brooks

“Why is it important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you ‘my beloved daughter,’ ‘my beloved son,’ ‘my beloved child.’ To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.” ~ Henri Nouwen

“The lover of silence draws close to God. He talks to Him in secret and God enlightens him.” ~  John Climacus

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ John Bunyan

Sample Prayers

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude; an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.” ~  Arthur W. Pink

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” ~  Brother Lawrence

“Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this: always obey such an impulse.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer.” ~ Ed Cole

“One can believe intellectually in the efficacy of prayer and never do any praying.” ~  Catherine Marshall

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ~  Corrie Ten Boom

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“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” ~ John Bunyan

“Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God.” ~  Andrew Murray


“Lord, make my life A window for Your light To shine through And a mirror to reflect Your love To all I meet. Amen.” ~  Robert Schuller

“Lord, thou madest us for thyself, and we can find no rest till we find rest in thee.” ~ St. Augustine

“Dear God, The little plans I tried to carry through have failed I will not sorrow. I’ll pause a little while, Dear God, And try, again, tomorrow.” ~  John Fico

“Good morning, Lord! What are You up to today? Can I be a part of it? Thank You. Amen.” ~  Norman Grubb

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