Quotes on Prayer 1

Quotes on Prayer

Throughout history, men and women of faith relied on God to preform His purposes and help in times of struggle. Here are some of their more notable quotes on prayer.


“Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you.” – J.C. Ryle

 “Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our prayer are too small. Our expectations are too limited.” – A.B. Simpson

“What an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

“Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God’s sovereignty, along with His wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of trust.” – Jerry Bridges

“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. The great purpose of prayer is to come humbly, expectantly, and – because of Jesus – boldly into the conscious presence of God, to relate to him, talk with him, and ultimately enjoy him as our great Treasure.” – C.S. Lewis

“In prayer we do not ‘prevail on’ God, but rather prevail on ourselves to submit to God. True, the language of ‘prevailing on God’ is often used in regard to prayer, but it is an accommodation to human weakness. Even when Jacob ‘prevailed on God,’ what really happened is that God prevailed over him, bringing him to the point of surrender when he was able to receive the blessing which God had all the time been longing to give him.” – John Stott

“Great grief prays with great earnestness. Prayer is not a collection of balanced phrases; it is the pouring out of the soul. What is love if not be fiery? What are prayers if the heart be not ablaze? They are the battles of the soul. In them men wrestle with principalities and powers… The prayer that prevails is not the work of lips and fingertips. It is the cry of a broken heart and the travail of a stricken soul.” – Samuel Chadwick

“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 tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracles, but you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.” – Philips Brooks

“Tell God what He has said.” – Robert Smith

“I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.” – George Muller

“Most Christians expect little from God, ask little, and therefore receive little, and are content with little.” – A.W. Pink

“For any Christian for whom prayer is becoming formal and stereotyped, the Psalms provide a rich source of inspiration. It is true that to read the Psalms on your knees, as it were, can be a great boost to one’s prayer experience.” – Graeme Goldsworthy

“Justice comes most surely by falling on our knees with our heads bowed. When God’s justice comes, it will be perfect, proportionate, and balanced.” – Thabiti Anyabwile

“More than one-third of the psalms are laments. They allow the psalmist to cry out to God in anguish, knowing that He alone is the ultimate healer and justifier.” – John Perkins

“The Laments of scripture do more than just voice our pain. The psalms of lament stand alone as theology. They teach us about our God and how to worship Him. They transform us.” – John Perkins

“It is in the place of secret prayer that the truths of the man of God become clothed in the fiber of his being.” – Conrad Mbewe

“Whatever is your best time in the day, give that to communion with God.” – Hudson Taylor

“Christ choosing solitude for private prayer, doth not only hint to us the danger of distraction and deviation of thoughts in prayer, but how necessary it is for us to choose the most convenient places we can call for private prayer. Our own fickleness and Satan’s restlessness call upon us to get into such places where we may freely pour out our soul to God.” – Thomas Brooks

“When Christ delays to help His saints now, you think this is a great mystery, you cannot explain it; but Jesus sees from the end to the beginning. Be still, and know that Christ is God.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

 “The main reward in prayer is that we get God Himself.” – Stephen Um

“Prayer is not merely a way to get more things from god, but prayer is the way to get more of God Himself.” – Charlie Dates

“We can live in daily dependence on God because our Father will give us the one necessary thing: the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, God provides all we truly need to defeat temptation, forgive sin, and find daily bread.” – Thabiti Anyabwile

“[Hallowed be your name] is the heartfelt prayer that God will be worshiped and adored. It is the prayer that our affection for God would be rivaled by no other affection.” – Michael Oh

“The key to the missionary’s difficult task is prayer. Ask god to inspire and send laborers willing to go to unreached peoples and places. Ask God to open doors in difficult places and the hearts of people who need to hear His gospel. Ask Him to sustain believers already serving Him on mission.” – Edgar Aponte

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what he can do. Expect unexpected things, ‘above all that we ask or think.’ Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” – Andrew Murray

“Do not grow weary in prayer because a good God is listening who does not fear man and will respond out of his goodness to provide for his people.” – Thabiti Anyabwile

 “God is like an eternal, unfailing fountain. The more it pours forth and overflows, the more it continues to give. God desires nothing more seriously from us than that we ask Him for much and great things.” – Martin Luther

“Jesus stared death square in the face, knowing his fate was inescapable. How did he face it? On his knees in prayer…” – John Onwuchekwa

“When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it, the extraordinary prayers of His people.” – Jonathan Edwards

“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

“The angel fetched peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.” – Thomas Watson

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

“The enemy uses all his power to lead the Christian, and above all the minister, to neglect prayer. He knows that however admirable the sermon may be, however attractive the service, however faithful the pastoral visitation, none of these things can damage him or his Kingdom if prayer is neglected.” – Andrew Murray

“If we think of prayer as the breath of our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows and the breathing continues – we are not conscious of it but it is always going on.” – Oswald Chambers

“Prayer can never be in excess.” – Charles Spurgeon

“To pray at all times is to live in continual God-consciousness, where everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. To obey this exhortation means that, when we are tempted, we hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When we experience something good and beautiful, we immediately thank the Lord for it. When we see evil around us, we pray that God will make it right, and we are willing to be used of Him to that end. When we meet someone who does not know Christ, we pray for God to draw that person to Himself and use us to be a faithful witness. When we encounter trouble, we turn to God as our Deliverer. In other words, our life becomes a continually ascending prayer, a perpetual communing with our heavenly Father.” – John MacArthur