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"History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer." - J. Edwin Orr

"If I've learned anything about prayer, it's that desperation drives discipline." - Bill Hybels

"Prayer is not about changing God, but being willing to let God change us." - Richard Rohr

"Prayer is essentially about making the heart strong so that fear cannot penetrate there." - Matthew Fox

"What does it say about our churches today that God birthed the church in a prayer meeting, and prayer meetings today are almost extinct?" - Jim Cymbala

"Prayer is first of all listening to God. It's openness. God is always speaking; he's always doing something. Prayer is to enter into that activity... Convert your thoughts into prayer. As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. The difference is not that prayer is thinking about other things, but that prayer is thinking in dialogue,... a conversation with God." - Henri Nouwen

"I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe over the last twenty-five years, that there's something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help, Thanks, Wow." - Anne Lamott

"The man who invented the telescope found out more about heaven than the closed eyes of prayer ever discovered." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Christians fight best on their knees. Whatever good may be done is done and brought about by prayer." - Martin Luther

"The real 'work' of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me." - Henri Nouwen

"Prayer begets Revival, which begets more prayer." - Jim Cymbala

"Doubtful prayer is no prayer at all." - John Calvin

"A lot of trouble about prayer would disappear if only we realized - really realized - that we go to pray not because we love prayer, but because we love God." - Hubert Van Zeller

"If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge." - Philip Yancey

"Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don't like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude." - F. F. Bruce

"When anyone prays, the angels that minister to God and watch over mankind gather round about him and join with him in prayer." - Origen

"Helplessness becomes prayer the moment that you go to Jesus and speak candidly and confidently with him about your needs. This is to believe." - Ole Hallesby

"Everything starts from prayer. Without asking God for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know or talk to the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray." - Mother Teresa

"Prayer is asking; the answer to prayer is receiving." - John R. Rice

"We do not prescribe any prayer; we welcome all prayer." - George W Bush

"Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?... Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray." - Oswald Chambers

"Rick Perry said Obama's suggestions for gun control disgust him. He said the real answer to this problem isn't laws, it's prayer. You know, i know you're not supposed to say this about elected officials, but I would pay to see Rick Perry defend himself against a school shooter with prayer." - Bill Maher

"We should not laugh at the person who becoming caught up in his prayer bends his body or moves about in strange ways. Perhaps he moves in this manner to wave off unwelcome thoughts that would interrupt the prayer. Would we find it funny if we saw a person drowning going through strange motions doing whatever was necessary to save his life?" - Baal Shem Tov

"When praying for the Lord's will about something questionable, don't give up if you don't receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear." - Curtis Hutson

"The great antidote to anxiety is to come to God in prayer. We are to pray about everything. Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and nothing is too small to escape His attention." - Jerry Bridges

"We have been deceived into believing prayer is all about persuading God to release His power. We no longer need to beg or plead; we need to exercise the authority He has given us and receive His blessings." - Andrew Wommack

"You should not take prayer too seriously. There is something playful about God. You only have to look at a penguin ... to realize that He likes to play little jokes on creatures." - Thomas Keating

"Certain things need not be said, and there's nothing, not a whisper, prayer, not a sacrifice, not a payment of any price, that would change what's about to happen." - Alice Hoffman

"If God does not give you something you ask for, wait on Him. He will speak with you tenderly and sympathetically about the matter until you yourself understand that He cannot grant your prayer." - Ole Hallesby

"Before prayer, endeavor to realize whose Presence you are approaching, and to whom you are about to speak. We can never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before whom the angels tremble." - Teresa of Avila

"Drawing prayer circles isn't about proving yourself to God; it's about giving God an opportunity to prove Himself to you. Just in case you have forgotten - and to ensure that you always remember - God is for you. I can't promise that God will always give you the answer you want. I can't promise that He'll answer on your timeline. But I can promise this: He answers every prayer, and He keeps every promise. That is who He is. That is what He does." - Mark Batterson

"Effective prayer is prayer that attains what it seeks. It is prayer that moves God, effecting its end." - Charles Grandison Finney

"Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit." - Pope Francis

"Prayer can never be in excess." - Charles Spurgeon

"Hurry is the death of Prayer." - Samuel Chadwick

"Prayer is an effort of will." - Oswald Chambers

"Prayer is the acid test of devotion." - Samuel Chadwick

"God's solution is a prayer away!" - Max Lucado

"Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"True prayer is a lonely business." - Samuel Chadwick

"Purity is the fruit of prayer." - Mother Teresa

"My greatest weapon is mute prayer." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We can do nothing without prayer." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude." - Richard Rohr

"Every thought of God is prayer." - Rahel Varnhagen

"A prayer without faith is without accomplishment" - Smith Wigglesworth

"Prayer is the preview of God's action." - Mark Dever

"Habits of prayer need careful cultivation." - F.B. Meyer

"The prayer of Ajax was for light." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The root of prayer is interior silence." - Thomas Keating

"No prayer is complete without presence." - Rumi

"Prayer is the chief exercise of faith." - John Calvin

"Prayer is the thermometer of grace." - Charles Spurgeon

"Prayer is not flight, prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and to master the situation." - William Barclay

"Surely revival delays because prayer decays." - Leonard Ravenhill

"Prayer unites the soul to God." - Julian of Norwich

"Love is the only prayer I know." - Marion Zimmer Bradley

"Prayer is not eloquence but earnestness." - Hannah More

"No prayer fully expresses our faith." - Oscar Romero

"The love ofChrist is my prayer-book" - Gerhard Tersteegen

"Sincere prayer is answered by unfailing grace." - Shri Radhe Maa

"Prayer is continual abandonment to God." - Sadhu Sundar Singh

"I believe in prayer. It's the best..." - Josephine Baker

"Real prayer is union with God,..." - Mother Teresa

"A picture is like a prayer." - Harry Callahan

"Prayer begins where our power ends." - Abraham Joshua Heschel

"I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God's call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks. The purpose of prayer and of God's call in your life is not to make you number one in the world's eyes, but to make him number one in your life. We must be willing to be outshone while shining for God. We hear very little about being smaller in our own self-estimate." - Ravi Zacharias

"Prayer has been hedged about with too many man-made rules. I am convinced that God has intended prayer to be as simple and natural, and as constant a part of our spiritual life, as the intercourse between child and parent in the home. And as a large part of that intercourse between child and parent is simply asking and receiving, just so is it with us and our Heavenly Parent." - Rosalind Goforth

". . . More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheeps or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Not only for themselves but for those who call them friend? For so this whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer." - Philip Yancey

"The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, buy unoffered prayer." - F.B. Meyer

"Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer." - Francois Fenelon

"Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble." - Francois Fenelon

"Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all personal godliness." - William Carey

"Helplessness united with faith produces prayer, for without faith there can be no prayer." - Ole Hallesby

"The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence." - Mother Teresa

"Pursuing prayer is prayer on a mission. It is diligent, fervent, constant, persevering, determined, and convinced." - David Bryant

"Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence." - Oscar Wilde

"Though prayer doesn't change God's mind or God's purposes, prayer does change something- It changes us." - Chuck Smith

"Work is prayer. Work is also stink. Therefore stink is prayer." - Aldous Huxley

"Prayer without study would be empty. Study without prayer would be blind." - Karl Barth

"Preaching affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity" - Leonard Ravenhill

"Prayer is a conversation with God, but prayer is no substitute for work." - Henry D. Moyle

"There can be no prevailing in prayer without travailing in prayer." - Oswald J. Smith

"The birth of the church was during a prayer meeting, not preaching, not singing, but prayer." - Jim Cymbala

"Prayer is the core of the day. Take prayer out, and the day would collapse ..." - Amy Carmichael

"Prayer worth calling prayer, prayer that God will call true prayer and will treat as true prayer, takes for more time by the clock than one man in a thousand thinks." - Alexander Whyte

"Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven." - Ephrem the Syrian

"How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God." - J I Packer

"Faith is lifeless unless you act on it. T.L. Osbourne says: "When the promises of God are believed and acted upon they become the power of God". We can do all the things we have previously talked about about: desire, decision, prayer, speaking faith, seeing the answer, but if we do' act our faith it is all to no avail." - Phil Pringle

"Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves." - David J. Wolpe

"Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves." - David Wolpe

"... if a man prays God for some virtue, and at the same time gives himself up to negligence, acquiring no definite means to gain this virtue, and making no effort towards it, truly this man tempts God, rather than prays. Thus the divine James says: 'The effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much' (Jms. 5:16). What avails to make prayer effective? is when, besides begging a saint to pray for him about something, the man also prays about it himself and with all diligence does everything necessary for obtaining his request." - Lorenzo Scupoli

"I don't think there's such a thing as a selfish prayer. Prayer puts you in communication so you can talk about whatever you want to talk about." - Iyanla Vanzant

"Trouble and prayer are closely related. Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid." - Oswald Chambers

"Sometimes I'm asked to list the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic mission, and my reply is always the same: prayer... prayer... prayer." - Billy Graham

"Dwell, O mind, within yourself; Enter no other's home. If you but seek there, you will find All you are searching for. God, the true Philosopher's Stone, Who answers every prayer, Lies hidden deep within your heart, The richest gem of all. How many pearls and precious stones Are scattered all about The outer court that lies before The chamber of your heart!" - Ramakrishna

"People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned." - Florence Nightingale

"The inattentive, slovenly way we drift into the presence of God is an indication that we are not bothering to think about Him. Whenever our Lord spoke of prayer, He said, "Ask." It is impossible to ask if you do not concentrate." - Oswald Chambers

"What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits about private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are eminently holy pray much." - J C Ryle

"The more you are possession oriented, the less happy you will be. The less happy you are, the farther away from the Divine, from prayer, from gratitude you will be. Be austere. Live with the necessary and forget about desires; they are fantasies in the mind, ripples in the lake. They only disturb you, they can never lead you to any contentment." - Rajneesh

"Be creative. Don`t be worried about what you are doing - one has to do many things - but do everything creatively, with devotion. Then your work becomes worship. Then whatsoever you do is a prayer. And whatsoever you do is an offering at the altar." - Rajneesh

"Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur'an; it asks you to reflect and reason....When I read the Qur'an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt the o-nly answer for me was the Qur'an and God had sent it to me." - Cat Stevens

"But being overborne with numbers, and nobody daring to face about, stretching out his hands to heaven, [Romulus] prayed to Jupiter to stop the army, and not to neglect but maintain the Roman cause, now in extreme danger. The prayer was no sooner made, than shame and respect for their king checked many; the fears of the fugitives changed suddenly into confidence." - Plutarch

"Whatever meaning 'Annie's Song' had for me on a personal level, there was also a larger context. It could just as easily have been about love for a brother. Or a father. Or a friend. It could just as easily have been a prayer." - John Denver

"The Spirit of prayer makes us so intimate with God that we scarcely pass through an experience before we speak to Him about it, either in supplication, in sighing, in pouring out our woes before Him, in fervent requests, or in thanksgiving and adoration." - Ole Hallesby

"There are freaky talking mannequins in the Salem Witch Museum that recite the Lord's Prayer and while they do resemble shrunken apples they nevertheless help the visitor understand how hard it must have been for the condemned to say the line about forgiving those who trespass against us." - Sarah Vowell

"Prayer is a walk with God....We can minister to the Lord as a group but I'll tell you one thing about it, you'll never have that intimacy of ministering to the Lord and worshiping Him with a group that you'll have in your own individual life." - Kenneth E. Hagin

"The diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church-I am convinced of it-a new spiritual springtime." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"Rick Black writes with the honed elegance of a poet so in command of lyric sentiment and the efficient evocative use of language that what results is indeed as urgent and vulnerable as true prayer ... There is something profoundly human and completely necessary about Star of David." - Kwame Dawes

"Our prayer life will become restful when it really dawns upon us that we have done all we are supposed to do when we have spoken to Him about it. From the moment we have left it with Him, it is His responsi-bility." - Ole Hallesby

"I think the most important thing that I can offer young musicians is once you get up on the bandstand, understanding that you're now asking this prayer to come through you. When you think about music it's got to be that way. Just the thrill of being able to play another note, not to win anything or get a trophy." - Bobby Hutcherson

"This morning about nine I withdrew to the woods for prayer. I was in such anguish that when I arose from my knees I felt extremely weak and overcome. ...I cared not how or where I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ." - David Brainerd

"Insights from myth, dreams, and intuitions, from glimpses of an invisible reality, and from perennial human wisdom provide us with hints and guesses about the meaning of life and what we are here for. Prayer, observance, discipline, thought and action are the means through which we grow and find meaning." - Jean Shinoda Bolen

"We hear in these days of scientific enlightenment a great deal of discussion about the efficacy of Prayer. Many reasons are given why we should not pray. Others give reasons why we should pray. Very little is said of the reason we do pray. The reason is simple: We pray because we cannot help praying." - William James

"May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness." - Pope Francis

"Prayer is talking with God about what we are doing together." - Dallas Willard

"The first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer.-" - Brennan Manning

"People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker." - Mary Austin

"People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker." - Mary Hunter Austin

"Prayer doesn't sound like a cool hot topic that would cause people to rush to the theatre, stand in line, and buy tickets about prayer." - Stephen Kendrick

"God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer." - Matthew Henry

"Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life." - Oswald Chambers

"Prayer is the breath of the new creature." - Richard Baxter

"Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations." - Bernard Of Clairvaux

"Prayer is the link that connects us with God." - A. B. Simpson

"Prayer will get you out of a pinch, prayer will get you out of a crises, prayer will get you out of your dilemma, prayer will get you out of your trouble." - T D Jakes

"God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." - Richard Sibbes

"Every kind of prayer, not intercessory prayer only, which is the highest kind of prayer, but all prayer, from the lowest kind to the highest, is impossible in a life of known and allowed sin." - Alexander Whyte

"Prayer is never complete until God has answered." - Woodrow M. Kroll

"Prayer only works when the channels are open." - Woodrow M. Kroll

"There cannot be an answer until there is a prayer." - Woodrow M. Kroll

"Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church." - Charles Spurgeon

"Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer." - J C Ryle

"The world knows little of the works wrought by prayer." - Dwight L Moody

"Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God." - Jerry Bridges

"Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"'Help' is a prayer that is always answered." - Anne Lamott

"Prayer immediately turns us into something greater than ourselves." - Timothy M. Dolan

"The seeker's silence is the loudest form of prayer." - Swami Vivekananda

"Prayer draws us near to our own souls." - Herman Melville

"All great art is a visual form of prayer." - Wendy Beckett

"[Prayer] takes no time, but it occupies all our time." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"prayer must be, in its own nature, absurd and impertinent." - Mary Collyer

"Engagements - they are like a prayer before eating, best quick." - Elizabeth McCracken

"Worrying is one of my few forms of prayer." - Joanne Greenberg

"Prayer is like money - it has no smell." - Simone Berteaut

"Lead us in a few words of silent prayer." - Bill Peterson

"Sholeh Wolpe poetry proves to be rumination, prayer, song." - Nathalie Handal



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