Prayer Quotes

Here we have compiled a collection of Biblical and Christian quotes on the topic of prayer.

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 Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.

Timothy Keller

Notice how people can sit for hours and talk to one another, but call us to pray and we find it to be great difficulty. Why is this so? 1) Lack of desperation (realizing our dependence on God), 2) The wrestlings of the flesh, 3) Lack of faith to believe not only that God hears us but that He will move on our behalf.

David Wallace

Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.

Timothy Keller

God hears desire: God hears hunger: God hears thirst; He does not hear lethargy.

Scott Lamb

Prayer is faith passing into action.

Richard Cecil

You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.

Dr. A.J. Gordon

Prayer in Jesus’ name puts the crowning crown on God, because it glorifies Him through the Son and it pledges the Son to give to men ‘whatsoever and anything’ they shall ask.

E.M. Bounds

The explanation is that prayer is not primarily God’s way of getting things done. It is God’s way of giving the church ‘on the job training’ in overcoming the forces hostile to God.

Paul E. Billheimer

God will do nothing but in answer to prayer.

John Wesley

God designed the program of prayer as an ‘apprenticeship’ for eternal sovereignty with Christ.

Paul E. Billheimer

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.

S.D. Gordon

The prayer closet is the arena which produces the overcomer.

Paul E. Billheimer

The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be; the mightier the forces against evil.

E.M. Bounds

Through the plan of prayer, God actually is inviting redeemed man into full partnership with Him; not in making the divine decisions, but in implementing those decisions in the affairs of humankind. Independently and of His own will, God makes the decisions governing the affairs of earth. The responsibility and authority for the enforcement and administration of those decisions, He has place upon the shoulders of the church.

Paul E. Billheimer

Someone has described the modern American as a person who drives a bank financed car over a bond financed highway on credit card gas to open a charge account at a department store so he can fill his savings and loan financed home with installment purchased furniture. may this also be a description of many modern professed Christians? And may this not be one reason why modern Christians have so little time to pray?

Intercession is the most unselfish thing anyone can do.

Paul E. Billheimer

God shapes the world by prayer. The prayers of God’s saints are the capitol stock of heaven by which God carries on His great work upon the earth.

E.M. Bounds

Importunity combined with perfect faith in unconquerable!

Paul E. Billheimer

Unbelief in the integrity of the Word is the first great cause for prayerlessness.

Any church program, no matter how impressive, if it is not supported by an adequate prayer program, is little more than an ecclesiastical treadmill. It is doing little or no damage to Satan’s kingdom.

Paul E. Billheimer

Prayer of course is not a means of getting what we want from God but getting what God wants to be done here on earth.

From heaven’s standpoint, all spiritual victories are won not primarily in the pulpit, not primarily in the light of publicity, nor yet through the ostentatious blaring of trumpets, but in the secret place of prayer.

Paul E. Billheimer

We have to stop looking at prayer as the spare tire in the trunk and start seeing it as the steering wheel.

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.

Groanings that can’t be uttered are often prayers that can’t be refused.

Phillips Brooks

All things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull we only pray as well as we live.

A.W. Tozer

I’ve discovered it is not sufficient simply to try to take time for quietness but that I must, with all diligence, make time. Whatever keeps me from prayer, solitude, and the Bible, however good it appears, is my enemy if I am to be God’s devoted friend and follower.

Tommy Barnett

To be guilty of the sin of prayerlessness is to be guilty of the worst form of practical atheism. It is actually saying we can get along without His help while the evidence is very clear on every hand that we cannot. Could it be that the sin of prayerlessness steams from our unbelief that he is a living God who exercises direct influence on the affairs of men?

Dr. Will Bruce

You can preach and still go to hell, but you cannot pray and go to hell.

Pastor Richard Anyiam

Instead of waiting until crisis problems develop which result in panic praying for others, we need to trust God to protect them as we pray Spirit-led, thoughtful, caring prayers before the problems overwhelm them, and they are unable to cope. We need to engage in major battles, not just minor skirmishes, moving from surface praying to in-depth praying. We need to pray both defensively and offensively.

Dr. Will Bruce

There is a difference between believing that prayer is important and believing it is essential. ‘Essential’ means there are things that will not happen without prayer.

Dee Duke

A ton of prayer will never produce what a ounce of obedience will. After all the praying, if you don’t obey, you nullify all the praying. Belief plus action equals faith.

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