Here are 50 powerful quotes about prayer from people who have walked closely with God. May our dependence on God grow through the inspiring truths they put into such eloquent prose. Let us know which quote below most impacts you.

  1. 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. — Elisabeth Elliot  

  2. Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. — Corrie Ten Boom

  3. Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow. — Benjamin Franklin  

  4. 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  

  5. Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. — Spurgeon

  6. God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays. — John Masefield

  7. If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled. —  Cynthia Lewis

  8. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message. —Oswald Chambers

  9. 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. — Charles Finney

  10. Leaders must be released from the idea that they must be great prayer warriors before they can begin to call others to prayer. — David Bryant

  11. In worship, God imparts himself to us. — C.S.Lewis

  12. The amount of time we spend with Jesus — meditating on his Word and his majesty, seeking his face — establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom. — Charles Stanley

  13. 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. — E.M. Bounds

  14. It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone. — Hudson Taylor

  15. There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer. — D.A.T. Pierson

  16. 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. — Oswald Chambers

  17. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, (not) those who talk about prayer. — S.D.Gordon

  18. An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate. — Charles Stanley

  19. Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving him and focusing our attention on him are the most important. — Charles Stanley

  20. All vital praying makes a drain on a man's vitality. True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice. — J.H. Jowett

  21. 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. — Martin Luther

  22. To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees. —Billy Graham

  23. Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. — Oswald Chambers

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  1. 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. — Andrew Murray

  2. 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

  3. Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. — J. Sidlow Baxter

  4. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. — Oswald Chambers

  5. To desire revival... and at the same time to neglect (personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another. — A.W. Tozer

  6. 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

  7. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. — Oswald Chambers

  8. The supreme thing is worship. The attitude of worship is the attitude of a subject bent before the King... the fundamental thought is that of prostration, of bowing down. — Campbell Morgan

  9. There must be the inward worship within the shrine if there is to be outward service. — Alexander MacLaren

  10. 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. — A.W. Tozer

  11. I'm convinced that the man who has learned to meditate upon the Lord will be able to run on his feet and walk in his spirit. Although he may be hurried by his vocation, that's not the issue. The issue is how fast his spirit is going. To slow it down takes a period of time. — Charles Stanley

  12. 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. — Charles Stanley

  13. Learn to worship God as the God who does wonders, who wishes to prove in you that he can do something supernatural and divine. — Andrew Murray

  14. History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer. — Edwin Orr

  15. All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don't pray, they don't happen. — Dan Hayes

  16. 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

  17. 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. — Richard Cecil

  18. I have lived to thank God that not all my prayers have been answered. — Jean Ingelow

  19. Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God. — Edwin Keith

  20. To pray well is the better half of study. — Martin Luther

  21. Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul. — Hannah More

  22. Study your prayers, a great part of my time is spent getting in tune for prayer. — Robert McCheyne

  23. 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

  24. I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished....  I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation of it. — George Mueller

  25. We are either in the process of resisting God's truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth. — Charles Stanley

  26. Since God knows our future, our personalities, and our capacity to listen, he isn't ever going to say more to us than we can deal with at the moment. — Charles Stanley

  27. 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. — Charles Stanley

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