35 Inspiring Quotes on Prayer

This past week at Toronto City Church we started a new series on prayer entitled “House of Prayer”. We had special guests with us, Melissa and Anthony Medina for the weekend and she brought an amazing word on prayer to the TCC Family (you can check it out here)

Along this line of things: a number of years ago I came across a number of really inspiring quotes on prayer from many great men and women of God. I wanted to pass them on:

“We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.” – Dwight L. Moody

“If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend upon it that you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have.” – Dwight L. Moody

“When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works.” – Max Lucado

“God will do nothing on earth except in answer to believing prayer.” – John Wesley

“If you are a praying person, you are one of God’s gifts to mankind.” – Unknown

“The real victory in all service is won in secret beforehand by prayer.” – S.D. Gordon

“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

“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Prayer is an investment. The time you dedicate to prayer isn’t lost; it will return dividends far greater than what a few moments spent on a task ever could. If we fail to cultivate this discipline, prayer winds up being our last resort rather than our first response.” – Charles Swindoll

“Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” – A.W. Tozer

“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

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

“What the church needs today is not machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men of prayer.” And we might add, through women of prayer.” – E.M. Bounds

“Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D.L. Moody, I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher.” – R.A. Torrey

“It is obvious that Paul did not regard prayer as supplemental, but as fundamental—not something to be added to his work but the very matrix out of which his work was born. He was a man of action because he was a man of prayer. It was probably his prayer even more than his preaching that produced the kind of leaders we meet in his letters.” – Oswald Sanders, from Dynamic Spiritual Leadership

“Prayer as a relationship is probably your best indicator about the health of your love relationship with God. If your prayer life has been slack, your love relationship has grown cold.” – John Piper

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

“The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.” – Martin Luther

“Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.” – Richard Foster

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.” – Billy Graham

“Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing.” – Charles G. Finney

“Prayer is not a fruitless exercise that God asked us to perform to determine whether or not we’re faithful. Prayer is the vehicle that releases God to move in the earth!” – Joseph Cameneti Sr.

“Prayer is simple, as simple as a child making known its wants to it parents.” – Oswald Chambers

“Prayer is striking the winning blow. . . . Service is gathering up the results.” – S.D. Gordon

“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.” – E.M. Bounds

“Beloved, it is not our long prayers but our believing God that gets the answer.” – John G. Lake

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” – John Wesley

“You could remove the powerful preaching from our church and it would still continue. You could remove the administration of pastoral care through the cell group system and the church would still continue. But if you remove the prayer life of our church it would collapse.” – David Yonggi Cho

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching. Light praying makes light preaching.” – E.M. Bounds

“Persistence in prayer doesn’t change God. It shapes us for the answer” – Bill Johnson

“We need to pray with full trust and assurance that God wants to answer prayers that are prayed in alignment with His Word and will for our lives.” – Cindy Jacobs

“Every failure in ministry is ultimately a prayer failure” – Kenneth Copeland

“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley

“Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.” – E. M. Bounds


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