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
Prayer must carry on our work as much as preaching; he preacheth not heartily to his people that will not pray for them.
Richard Baxter, 1615 – 1691
Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. Spurgeon
God warms his hands at man’s heart when he prays.
If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled. Anonymous
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.
The Spirit, when He prays through us, or helps us to meet the mighty “ougthness” of right praying, trims our praying down to the will of God….
Leaders must be released from the idea that they must be great prayer warriors before they can begin to call others to prayer.
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….
It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.
There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.
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.
All vital praying makes a drain on a man’s vitality. True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice.
Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer.
To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.
Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.
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.
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.
To desire revival…and at the same time to neglect(personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another.
God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely.
Anselm of Canterbury
Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.
If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus…. He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.
History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer.
The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray.
The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity…if we want to see might wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and might things which thou knowest not.
J. Hudson Taylor
All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don’t pray, they don’t happen.
There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place–upon some distant shore–
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place–dost thou ask, “Where?”
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Pursuing prayer is prayer on a mission. It is diligent, fervent, constant, persevering, determined, and convinced.
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.
I have lived to thank God that not all my prayers have been answered.
Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.
To pray well is the better half of study.
Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul.
Study your prayers, a great part of my time is spent getting in tune for prayer. Robert McCheyne
Too many women have too much leisure time for their own good. They have time for criticism, gossip, faultfinding, and complaining. They have time for idle games and lay too much attention to things of the flesh. There are other women who have too little time for the enduring things of life. They are too busy flitting about doing this and that. They have great activity and much doing, but they lack time for building Christian characters. Both kinds of women — the too-idle and the too-busy need to take time for meditation and quiet repose in prayer to God. They need time to cultivate their souls that in turn they may cultivate their children’s lives.
If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour will be very well employed.
St.Francis de Sales
The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us… but that we will finally hear Him.” William McGill,
God shapes the world by prayer…The prayers of God’s saints are the capital stock of heaven by which God carries on His great work upon earth. God conditions the very life and prosperity of His cause on prayer.” E.M. Bounds
We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.
The amount of time we spend with Jesus – meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face – establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.
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.
“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.”
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.
How can God speak to us if we don’t take time to listen? Quietness is essential to listening. If we are too busy to listen, we won’t hear. It takes time and quietness to prepare to listen to God. Ps. 62:5
“The Christian needs to be alone during a definite period of each day for meditation on scripture…and for prayer…even during times of spiritual dryness and apathy.
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. We simply make petitions and requests to One who has the heart of a Father.
Of course, God’s will must be the primary object of our prayers… and we must recognize prayer as an instrument of God’s will. Therefore, we pray that God’s will may be done throughout the world…and in intercessory prayer we bring people… from around the world…into the presence of God.
Every intercession potentially draws the one for whom it is intended into a life-changing relationship with Christ. And in intercession I move into the other man’s place. I inter his life…his guilt and distress. I am afflicted by his sins and his infirmity. If…as we pray…we recognize our own responsibility for the world’s guilt and our own guilt in the death of Christ…then we can act upon and affect the lives of men and women throughout the world.”
Prayer for Jesus Christ, formed the brackets in which He accomplished His earthly work. It fortified Him with wisdom and power before action occurred, and it renewed, refreshed, and revived Him when His human strength was exhausted. On the front end, He prayed for fruit, in the middle, He bore fruit. Afterwards, He thanked God for fruit.
Every morning lean thine arms awhile
Upon the window-sill of heaven
And gaze upon thy Lord,
Then, with vision in thy heart,
Turn strong to meet thy day.
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, A shiny sliver out of one hour. I dropped it carelessly. O God! I knew not I held opportunity.
To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The more we pray, the more we come to heartbeat of God. Prayer starts the communication process between ourselves and God. All the options of life fall before us. At that point we will either forsake our prayer life and cease to grow, or we will pursue our prayer life and let Him change us. Either option is painful. To not grow in His likeness is to not enjoy his fullness. When this happens, a haunting voice continues to ask, ‘What could I have become in him if I would have been a man of prayer?’ To grow in His likeness is to enjoy His fullness. When this happens, the priorities of the world begin to fade away.”
I shall see no hope until the individual members of the church are praying for revival, perhaps meeting in one anothers’ homes, meeting in groups amongst friends, meeting together in churches, meeting anywhere you like, and praying with urgency and concentration for a shedding forth of the power of God…. There is no hope until we do.
D.D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“It seems to me,that in God’s great plan for the recovery of a fallen race through grace, He has included in His plans the ministry of intercession. And let me say it reverently that the Divine waits for, and is to a large extent dependent upon intercession.” W. G. Bennett