Prayer Gems


One can believe intellectually in the efficacy of prayer and never do any praying.

~ Catherine Marshall ~


Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.

 ~François Fénelon ~


The only way to Heaven is prayer; a prayer of the Heart, which every one is capable of, and not of reasonings which are the fruits of study, or exercise of the imagination, which, in filling the mind with wandering objects, rarely settle it; instead of warming the heart with love to God, they leave it cold and languishing.

 ~ Jeanne Guyon ~


We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.

~ William Law ~


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 ~


Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer. Little acquaintance with God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing.

~ E. M. Bounds ~


How often have we prayed something like, “O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, “O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?” No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer.

~ David Jeremiah ~


When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t pray, they don’t.

~ William Temple ~


Do you know what prayer is? It is not begging God for this and that. The first thing we have to do is to get you beggars to quit begging until a little faith moves in your souls.

~ John G. Lake ~


Those who do not believe do not pray. This is a good functional definition of faith. Faith prays, unbelief does not.

~ John A. Hardon ~


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.

~ Phillips Brooks ~


This is our Lord’s will… that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large.

~ Julian of Norwich ~


If you can’t pray a door open, don’t pry it open.

~ Lyell Rader ~


God’s answers are wiser than our prayers.

~  Unknown ~


There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

~ Teresa of Avila ~


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 ~


We waste most of our time trying to get God to do something He has already done—or praying for God to do something He told us to do.

 ~Jacquelyn K. Heasley ~


If God will do whatever He wishes, regardless of whether we pray or not, then we do not need to pray at all, and the Lord’s instructions on praying for the Kingdom and the Will are superfluous. But the truth is that God waits for a Remnant to rise up and to pray in agreement with His Purpose before He does anything – He will do nothing apart from the Church. Apart from HIM, we CAN do nothing; apart from US, He WILL do nothing

~ Chip Brogden ~


We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer.

 ~Oswald Chambers ~


The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. 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…Men of prayer.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat.

~ Leonard Ravenhill ~


Let the fires go out in the boiler room of the church and the place will still look smart and clean, but it will be cold. The Prayer Room is the boiler room for its spiritual life.

~ Leonard Ravenhill ~


How different the world would look, how different the state of our nation would be, if there were more sanctified priestly souls! These are souls who have the power to bless, for they intercede with sanctified hearts. They never begin their daily time of intercessory prayer without having first brought to the cross all that is unholy in their lives, so that their old self can be crucified there with Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb.

~ Basilea Schlink ~


The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.

~ John R. Mott ~


I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me. The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint. I have been keeping too late hours.

~ William Wilberforce ~


We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life is he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer…Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished.

~ Oswald Chambers ~


Why is it so 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 ~


So when we sing, ‘Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.

~ A.W. Tozer ~


The lover of silence draws close to God. He talks to Him in secret and God enlightens him.

~ John Climacus ~


Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you; tell God your joys, that God may sober them; tell God your longings, that God may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them; talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them: show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration say just what you think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.

 ~Francois Fenelon ~


Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

~ Oswald Chambers ~


If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray, if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray.

~ Frederick Franson ~


Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers.

 ~ J. Sidlow Baxter ~


Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent.

 ~Leonard Ravenhill ~


God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.

~ Oswald Chambers ~


There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.

 ~ William Law ~


Rich is the person who has a praying friend.

 ~ Janice Hughes ~


A servant of the Lord stands bodily before men, but mentally he is knocking at the gates of heaven with prayer.

~ John Climacus ~


It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry. The attributes of prayer must be: love of God, sincerity, and simplicity.

~ John of Kronstadt ~


Whether we think of or speak to God; whether we act or suffer for him; all is prayer when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him.

 ~ John Wesley ~


Accustom yourself gradually to carry Prayer into all your daily occupation — speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.

~ François Fénelon ~


The true spirit of prayer is no other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer.

~ jonathan Edwards ~


God does not stand afar off as I struggle to speak. He cares enough to listen with more than casual attention. He translates my scrubby words and hears what is truly inside. He hears my sighs and uncertain gropings as fine prose.

 ~ Timothy Jones ~


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.

~ Jacques Ellul ~


In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

~ John Bunyan ~


When a man has found the Lord, he no longer has to use words when he is praying, for the Spirit Himself will intercede for him with groans that cannot be uttered.

~ John Climacus ~


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 ~


Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.

~ Oswald Chambers ~


“I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister’s highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray.”

~ H. MacGregor ~


“…your God is a trinity. There are three necessary prayers and they have three words each. They are these, ‘Lord, have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.’ Not difficult to remember. If in times of distress you hold to these, you will do well.”

~ Elizabeth Goudge,The Scent of Water ~


“Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.”

~ Billy Graham,Encounter Weekly, 1996 ~


“Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. In it God shows Himself to us.”

~ C.S. Lewis, The Efficacy of Prayer ~


One should never initiate anything that he cannot saturate with prayer.”

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray.”

~ S.D. Gordon ~


“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.

~ Paul E. Billheimer ~


“Oh brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer; rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper – and sleep too – than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber.”

~ Andrew A. Bonar ~


“You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.”

~ A.J. Gordon ~


“Prayer can never be in excess.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon ~


“The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says ‘Amen’ and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him our ideas.”

~ Frank Laubach ~


“Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”

~ John Wesley ~


“Prayer strikes the winning blow; service is simply picking up the pieces.”

~ S.D. Gordon ~


“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, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” 


“No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“It is necessary to iterate and reiterate that prayer, as a mere habit, as a performance gone through by routine or in a professional way, is a dead and rotten thing.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”

~ William Cowper ~


“Prayer is the real work, Evangelism is just the mopping up.”

“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 ~


“I never prayed sincerely and earnestly for anything but it came at some time; no matter at how distant a day, somehow, in some shape, probably the least I would have devised, it came.”

~ Adoniram Judson ~


“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 ~


“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.”

~ Matthew Henry ~


“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

~ John Bunyon ~


“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.”

~ William Law ~


“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.”

~ Martin Luther. ~


“Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“A life growing in its purity and devotion will be a more prayerful life.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“Prayer is the acid test of devotion.”

~ samuel Chadwick ~


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

~ Brother Lawrence ~


“When asked how much time he spent in prayer, George Muller’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.”

~ Source Unknown. ~


“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 ~


“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”

~  Charles Spurgeon ~


“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“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 ~


“Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit.”

~ S.D. Gordon ~


“Little praying is a kind of make believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.”

~  E. M. Bounds ~


“The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.”

~ Oswald Chambers ~


“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 those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. That something else is important, very important and pressing, but still, less important and pressing than prayer. There are people who put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer. These are the people today who are doing the most for God in winning souls, in solving problems, in awakening churches, in supplying both men and money for mission posts, in keeping fresh and strong their lives far off in sacrificial service on the foreign field, where the thickest fighting is going on, and in keeping the old earth sweet a little while longer.”

~ S.D. Gordo ~


“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.”

~ Hudson Taylor ~


“Where there is no vision of eternity, there is no prayer for the perishing.”

~ David Smithers ~


“Prayer is buried, and lost and Heaven weeps. If all prayed the wicked would flee from our midst or to the refuge.”

~ Evan Roberts ~


“Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It does not influence His purpose. It does influence His action.”

~ S.D. Gordon ~


“Prayer “is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.”

~ Chrysostom ~


“Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.”

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence.”

~ W. S. Bowd ~


“Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”

~  Watchman Nee ~


“Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”

~ Oswald Chambers ~


“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.”

~ Corrie ten Boom ~


“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

~  E.M. Bounds ~


“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“God’s cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.

~ Martin Luther ~


“The most important thing a born again Christian can do is to pray.”

~  Chuck Smith ~


“Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God.”

~  Chuck Smith ~


“Prayer is where the action is.”

~ John Wesley ~


“The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.”

~  Oswald Chambers~


“As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”

~ Martin Luther ~


“Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest.”

~ Thomas Hooker, Puritan ~


“The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.”

~ Leonard Ravenhill ~


“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ”.

~ E. M. Bounds ~


“Therefore, whether the desire for prayer is on you or not, get to your closet at the set time; shut yourself in with God; wait upon Him; seek His face; realize Him; pray.”

~ R. F. Horton ~


“Time spent alone with God is not wasted. It changes us; it changes our surroundings; and every Christian who would live the life that counts, and who would have power for service must take time to pray.”

~ M.E. Andross ~


“There is no other activity in life so important as that of prayer. Every other activity depends upon prayer for its best efficiency.”

~ M.E. Andross ~


“…the man on his knees has a leverage underneath the mountain which can cast it into the sea, if necessary, and can force all earth and heaven to recognize the power there is in ‘His name.’” 

 ~ M.E. Andross ~


When prayer has become secondary, or incidental, it has lost its power. Those who are conspicuously men of prayer are those who use prayer as they use food, or air, or light, or money.”

~ M.E. Andross ~


“The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.”

~  The Kneeling Christian ~


“…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon ~


“If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

~ C. H. Spurgeon ~


“If the Christian does not allow prayer to drive sin out of his life, sin will drive prayer out of his life. Like light and darkness, the two cannot dwell together.”

~ M.E. Andross ~


“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“…[the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.”

~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~


“Prayer is a spiritual law which cooperates with the mind of God. It has more in it than merely petition. It clothes itself in reality and power, with the force of God Himself. It is an attitude of spirit and mind. Language is secondary in true prayer.”

~ Gossner. ~


“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— men of prayer, men mighty in prayer”

~ E.M. Bounds ~


“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”

~  Oswald Chambers. ~


“It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer;

~  George Müller ~


“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”

~  R. A. Torrey ~


“Shut the world out, withdraw from all worldly thoughts and occupations, and shut yourself in alone with God, to pray to Him in secret. Let this be your chief object in prayer, to realize the presence of your heavenly Father.”

~ Andrew Murray ~


“There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.”

~ A.T. Pierson ~


“Intercession is truly universal work for the Christian. No place is closed to intercessory prayer. No continent – no nation – no organization – no city – no office. There is no power on earth that can keep intercession out.”

~ Richard Halverson ~


“Yes, worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence.”

~ A.W. Tozer ~


“The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”

~ A.W. Tozer ~


“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.”

~ R. A. Torrey ~