God's child can conquer anything by prayer. Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon from the Christian or to hinder him in the use of it? - Andrew Murray Prayer should be the means by which I receive all that I need, and for this reason, be my daily refuge, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy. - O. Hallesby Prayer is the hand that takes to ourselves the blessings that God has already provided in His Son. - R. A. Torrey If in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door back and let God in, every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God. - Oswald Chambers Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid. - E. M. Bounds Prayer goes by faith into the great orchard of God's exceeding great and precious promises, and with hand and heart picks the ripest and richest fruit. - E. M. Bounds We need to learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. - O. Hallesby God's greatest movements in this world have been conditioned on, continued and fashioned by prayer. God has put Himself in these great movements just as men have prayer. Persistent, prevailing, conspicuous and mastering prayer has always brought God to present. How vast are the possibilities of prayer! How wide its reach! It lays its hand on Almighty God and moves Him to do what He would not do if prayer was not offered. Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results. The only limits to prayer are the promises of God and His ability to fulfill those promises. - E. M. Bounds Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray. Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution that our people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray&md;to really pray. Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight&md;all through the day. Let us all pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes. Let us pray for our churches. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word &ls;concern' out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice. - Robert E. Lee 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 earth 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. - S. D. Gordon William Gurnall, the Puritan preacher, used to say, "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." Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. - Phillips Brooks Without time for prayer, nothing can be accomplished. - Scroggie He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day. - John Bunyan Pray as though everything depended on God; work as though everything depended on you. - Augustine Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers! - William Culbertson What ever is made a matter of prayer should cease to be. - Anon I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day. - A. Lincoln When asked how much time he spent in prayer, George Mueller's reply was, "Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming." - Anon There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. - Anon Too many people pray like little boys who knock at doors, then run away. - War Cry When praying, do you give instructions? or report for duty? - Anon It was your Lord who put an end to long-windedness, so that you would not pray as if you wanted to teach God by your many words. Piety, not verbosity, is in order when you pray, since He knows your needs. Now someone perhaps will say: &ls;But if He knows our needs, why should we sate our requests even in a few words? Why should we pray at all? Since He knows, let Him give what He deems necessary for us.' Even so, He wants you to pray so that He may confer His gifts on one who really desires them and will not regard them lightly. - Augustine For more than half a century, I have never known one day when I had not more business than I could get through. For 40 years, I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most of these have passed through my own hands. I have nine assistants always at work corresponding in German, French, English, Danish, Italian, Russian, and other languages. Then, as pastor of a church with 1200 believers, great has been my care. I have had charge of five orphanages; also at my publishing depot, the printing and circulation of millions of tracts, books, and Bibles. But I have always made it a rule never to begin work till I have had a good season with God. - George Mueller There is a divine principle in regard to prayer which runs all through the Scriptures. It is that God is pleased to unite His people with Himself in whatever He is about to do. He first of all leads them to pray, and then does what He intends in answer to their prayers. - Russell Elliott Prayer is a weapon, a mighty weapon in a terrible conflict. Our prayers are to be a continual, conscious, earnest effort of battle, the battle against whatever is not God's will. - P. T. Forsyth Prayer is "a sincere, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to his Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God." - John Bunyan What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more. - Robert Murray McCheyne It was your Lord who put an end to long-windedness, so that you would not pray as if you wanted to teach God by your many words. Piety, not verbosity, is in order when you pray, since He knows your needs. Now someone perhaps will say: &ls;But if He knows our needs, why should we state our requests even in a few words? Why should we pray at all? Since He knows, let Him give what He deems necessary for us.' Even so, He wants you to pray so that He may confer His gifts on one who really desires them and will not regard them lightly. - Augustine When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words, than thy words without heart. - Martin Luther Prayer is no more inconsistent with the unchangeable purposes of God, than the use of any other means; for God in forming his purposes had respect to all appropriate means of producing the intended ends, and among these prayer has an important place. - Archibald Alexander Words are but the body, the garment, the outside of prayer; sighs are nearer the heart work. A dumb beggar getteth an alms at Christ's gates, even by making signs, when his tongue cannot plead for him Tears have a tongue, and grammar, and language that our Father knoweth. Babes have no prayer for the breast, but weeping: the mother can read hunger in weeping. - Samuel Rutherford Pray as if everything depends on God, then work as if everything depends on you. - Martin Luther When I cannot pray I always sing. - Martin Luther The fewer the words, the better the prayer. To have prayed well is to have studied well. - Martin Luther "The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." - C. S. Lewis "God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." - Richard Sibbes "There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as prayer for him." - William Law "If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith." - Martin Luther Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons&md;but they are helpless against our prayers. - Sidlow Baxter I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach. (Charles Spurgeon) Nothing can so quickly cancel the frictions of life as prayer. If you find yourself growing angry at someone, pray for him&md;anger cannot live in an atmosphere of prayer. (William T. McElroy) You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we think. (Brother Lawrence) If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me. (Robert Murray McCheyne) The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, &ls;Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not! (J. Hudson Taylor) May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love, and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of my self as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love." Andrew Murray Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. (J. Sidlow Baxter) What the Church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use&md;men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men&md;men of prayer. (E. M. Bounds) The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray. (Samuel Chadwick) The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history. (Andrew Murray) Sir Isaac Newton said that he could take his telescope and look millions and millions miles into space. Then he added, "But when I lay it aside, go into my room, shut the door, and get down on my knees in earnest prayer, I see more of heaven and feel closer to the Lord than if I were assisted by all the telescopes on earth." When Luther's puppy happened to be at the table, he looked for a morsel from his master, and watched with open mouth and motionless eyes; he (Martin Luther) said, &ls;Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat! All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish or hope.'" - Luther's Tabletalk "What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use&md;men of prayer, men mighty in prayer." - E. M. Bounds "I have been benefited by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself." - Samuel Rutherford "He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn." - John Trapp "God never denied that soul anything that went as far as heaven to ask for it." - John Trapp "Cold prayers always freeze before they reach heaven." - Thomas Brooks "I fear John Knox's prayers more than an army of ten thousand men." - Mary, Queen of Scotland "But some one will say, Does He not know without a monitor both what our difficulties are, and what is meet for our interest, so that it seems in some measure superfluous to solicit Him by our prayers, as if He were winking, or even sleeping, until aroused by the sound of our voice? Those who argue thus attend not to the end for which the Lord taught us to pray. It is not so much for His sake as for ours. He wills indeed, as is just, that due honor be paid Him by acknowledging that all which men desire or feel to be useful, and pray to obtain, is derived from Him. But even the benefit of the homage which we thus pay Him rebounds to ourselves." - John Calvin "I had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous." - Thomas Lye "Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies." - Westminster Shorter Catechism "The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer fetched the angel." - Thomas Watson "Christ went more readily ad crucem (to the cross), than we do to the throne of grace." - Thomas Watson "When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart." - John Bunyon "You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed." - John Bunyon "Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer." - John Bunyon "Prayer is the converse of the soul with God. Therein we manifest or express to Him our reverence, and love for His divine perfection, our gratitude for all His mercies, our penitence for our sins, our hope in His forgiving love, our submission to His authority, our confidence in His care, our desires for His favor, and for the providential and spiritual blessings needed for ourselves and others." - Charles Hodge "Yea, but we have waited a long time. Well, but yet know that you are at the right door." - Jeremiah Burroughs "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." - Alfred Lord Tennyson "Lord, teach us to pray." (one of Jesus' disciples, Luke 11:1>) The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. - Samuel Chadwick (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Keep praying, and be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers! - William Culbertson (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan. - John Bunyan (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Andrew Bonar kept a card on his mantel that read, "He who has truly prayed has completed the half of his study." - Marjorie Bonar (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The only way to trouble God is not to come at all. - Anon (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Some men's prayers need to be cut short at both ends and set on fire in the middle. - Dwight L. Moody (Prokope, January-March, 1998, p. 2) Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it. C.S. Lewis The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions. - Robert Brault
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