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EDIT: Note that this list was orginally compiled by [b]Mark Calhoun, of Prayerlife Ministries. [/b]


[b]The Importance of Prayer[/b]

The supreme importance of prayer is tacitly admitted by most evangelical Christians. It is accepted as an article of faith. And yet there are few areas of the Christian life in which there are more regretful confessions of failure and disappointment.
–J. Oswald Sanders

The place and power of prayer in the Christian life is too little understood. As long as we view prayer simply as the means of maintaining our own Christian lives, we will not fully understand what it is really supposed to be. But when we learn to regard it as the highest part of the work entrusted to us—the root and strength of all other work—we will see that there is nothing we need to study and practice more than the art of praying.
–Andrew Murray

The worst sin is prayerlessness since this connotes indifference toward God.
–P.T. Forsyth

A prayerless life means a life lived out of communion with God and all that is involved by this.
—A.W. Pink

God wondered that there was no intercessor (Isaiah. 59:16) … Oh how great must be God’s wonder today! For how few there are among us who know what prevailing prayer really is! Every one of us would confess that we believe in prayer, yet how many of us truly believe in the power of prayer? … Surely there is nothing so absolutely astonishing as a practically prayerless Christian.
–The Kneeling Christian

An hour of solitude passed in sincere and earnest prayer, or the conflict with and conquest over a single passion or subtle bosom sin will teach us more of thought, will more effectually awaken the faculty and form the habit of reflection than a year’s study in the schools without them.
—Coleridge

If you do not pray, do not say that you are too busy to pray. Be honest and admit you do not love God enough to pray.
–Anonymous

A man or woman who does not spend much time in prayer cannot properly be called a follower of Jesus Christ. Praying is the most important part of the present ministry of our risen Lord.
–R.A. Torrey

The habit of prayer separates great Christians from mediocre ones.
–Dick Eastman

Of all the traits of a life LIKE CHRIST there is none higher and more glorious than conformity to Him in the work that now engages Him without ceasing in the Father’s presence—His all-prevailing intercession. The more we abide in Him, and grow unto His likeness, will His priestly life work in us mightily, and our life become what His is, a life that ever pleads and prevails for men.
–Andrew Murray

He does the most for God who is the highest skilled in prayer.
–E.M. Bounds

Why are so many Christians so often defeated? Because they pray so little. Why are many church-workers so often discouraged and disheartened? Because they pray so little. Whey do most men see so few brought ‘out of darkness to light’ by their ministry? Because they pray so little. Why are not our churches simply on fire for God? Because there is so little real prayer.
–The Kneeling Christian

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray. It is not the only thing. But it is the chief thing.
–S.D. Gordon

It is natural to man, from his earliest infancy, to cry for relief when in danger or distress, if he supposes that any one able to relieve him is within hearing of his cries. Every man then who feels his own dependence upon God, and his need of blessings which God only can bestow, will pray to Him. He will feel that prayer is not only his duty, but his highest privilege.
–Edward Payson

All the mighty men of God outside the Bible have been men of prayer. They have differed from one another in many things, but in this they have been alike.
—R.A. Torrey

The story of prayer is the story of great achievements. Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results. Prayer reaches to everything, takes in all things great and small which are promised by God to the children of men. The only limits to prayer are the promises of God and His ability to fulfill those promises.
— E. M. Bounds

An utter transformation came into my experience when I learned not only to pray and return thanks, but to worship—asking nothing from God, seeking nothing from Him, simply being occupied with Him and satisfied with Him.
– R.A. Torrey

When you begin to pray, use such expressions of the attributes of God as will make you sensible of His greatness and power.
–William Law

I have known men who came to God for nothing else but just to come to Him, they so loved Him. They scorned to soil Him and themselves with any other errand than just purely to be alone with Him in His presence.
–Thomas Goodwin

Francis of Assisi would frequently spend an hour or two in prayer on the top of Mount Averno, where the only word that escaped his lips would be ‘God’ repeated at intervals. He began with adoration and often stopped there!
–The Kneeling Christian

Such worship of God, such adoration and praise and thanksgiving, not only put us into the spirit of prayer, but in some mysterious way they help God to work on our behalf.
–The Kneeling Christian

We are never fitter to pray than after praise.
–Richard Sibbes

Let this, then, be our first lesson: the presence of God is the chief thing, in our devotions.
–Andrew Murray

We do not find it difficult to make our requests known unto God when we are fully aware of His presence.
-Tony Marshall Anderson

Think first of the motive principle that will make us love and faithfully keep the morning watch [prayer]. If we take it upon us simply as a duty, and a necessary part of our religious life, it will very soon become a burden. Or, if the chief thought be our own happiness and safety, that will not supply the power to make it truly attractive. There is only one thing will suffice—the desire for fellowship with God.
–Andrew Murray

To have more of God, to know Him better, to receive from Him the communication of His love and strength, to have our life filled with His, – it is for this He invites us to enter the inner chamber and shut the door.
–Andrew Murray

I want now to say a few words on what prayer is to be in the morning watch. First of all, see that you secure the presence of God. Do not be content with anything less than seeing the face of God, having the assurance that He is looking on you in love, and listening and working in you.
–Andrew Murray

Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
–A.W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God

Our chief concern should always be to obtain power through prayer to achieve the greater works for Christ.
—Tony Marshall (T.M.) Anderson


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[b]Priority of Prayer[/b]

We take for granted that prayer is preparation for work, whereas prayer is the work.
–Oswald Chambers

If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.
– E.M. Bounds

Prayer is the only way to amend your life: and without prayer, it will never be mended.
– Alexander Whyte

It is apparently true that the measure of our joy is always in proportion to the measure of our praying
—Tony Marshall (T.M.) Anderson

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
– Romans 12:12

No prayer!—No faith!—No Christ in the heart. Little prayer!—Little faith!—Little Christ in the heart. Increasing prayer!—Increasing faith!—Increasing Christ in the heart!. Much prayer!—Much faith!—Much Christ in the heart! Praying always!—Faith always!—Christ always!
– Alexander Whyte

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
– Colossians 4:2

The work of praying is prerequisite to all other work in the Kingdom of God. It is by prayer that we couple the powers of heaven to our helplessness … and make the impossible possible.
– O. Hallesby

We scarcely believe what the Bible reveals—that God’s chosen way of working is through intercessory prayer.
– Oswald Chambers

We bank on service and do away with prayer. Consequently, by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer.
– Oswald Chambers

But tarry … until you are endued with power from on high.
– Luke 24:49

You can do more than pray after you have prayed. But you can not do more than pray until you have prayed.
– S. D. Gordon

We may be assured of this: the secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.
– The Kneeling Christian

If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray … it could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.
– Corrie Ten Boom

We use prayer as a last resort; Jesus wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do; Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all. But most of us would rather spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to bring about the results in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.
–Oswald Chambers

Let me burn out for God. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh that I may be a man of prayer.
— Henry Martyn

If we would do much for God, we must ask much of God: we must be men of prayer.– Edward Payson


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[b]What is Prayer?[/b]

To Pray is to contact God and to be saturated with God, resulting in having faith in God for the exultation of God.
-Witness Lee

I believe that much of our failure in prayer is due to the fact that we have not looked into this question, “What is prayer?
–The Kneeling Christian

Prayer is nothing more than turning our heart toward God and receiving in turn His love.
–Madame Guyon

The Scripture describes prayer to be our drawing near to God, lifting up our souls to Him, pouring out our hearts before him.
–Matthew Henry

Prayer is getting into perfect communion with God.
–Oswald Chambers

Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence.
–Brother Lawrence

Our prayers are the means by which our souls, though empty, are filled by God to overflowing.
–John Bunyan

Prayer is God's appointed way for obtaining things, and the great secret of all lack in our experience, in our life and in our work is neglect of prayer.
—R.A. Torrey

Prayer should be the breath of our breathing, the thought of our thinking, the soul of our feeling, and the life of our living, the sound of our hearing, the growth of our growing. Prayer in its magnitude is length without end, width without bounds, height without top, and depth without bottom. Illimitable in its breadth, exhaustless in height, fathomless in depths and infinite in extension.
–Homer W. Hodge

It is good to be conscience that we are always in the presence of God. It is better to gaze upon Him in adoration. But it is best of all to commune with Him as a Friend, and that is prayer.
–The Kneeling Christian

Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word of God, for the good of the Church, with submission in faith to the will of God.
–John Bunyan

True prayers are born of present trials and present needs.
– E.M. Bounds

For what is prayer in the last analysis? It is a conscious spreading out of my helplessness before God.
—A.N. Martin

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy One. The powers of the eternal world have been placed at prayer’s disposal. It is the very essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life, not only for ourselves but for others, for the Church and for the world.
– Andrew Murray

Prayer is the solemn and religious offering up of devout acknowledgments and desires to God, or a sincere representation of holy affections with a design to give unto God the glory due unto His name thereby, and to obtain from him promised favors, and both through the Mediator.
–Matthew Henry

A man may pray night and day and deceive himself, but no man can be assured of his sincerity who does not pray. Prayer is faith passing into act. A union of the will and intellect realizing into an intellectual act. It is the whole man that prays. Less than this is wishing or lip work, a sham or a mummery.
— E.M. Bounds

Whatever yearning there may be that moves you to prayer is from God. True prayer moves in a circle. It begins in the heart of God, sweeps down into a human heart …then goes back again to its starting point.
–S.D. Gordon

Prayer is closing the eyes on things seen and opening them on things unseen.
–William Biederwolf

Prayer is much more than merely asking God for something, although that is a very valuable part of prayer if only because it reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. It is also communion with God, intercourse with God, talking with—not only too—God. … The highest result of prayer is not deliverance from evil or the securing of some coveted thing, but knowledge of God.
– The Kneeling Christian


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[b]Why Pray?[/b]

If a man has not received the indwelling Christ in answer to prayer, he has failed to obtain the grand objective of all praying.
-Tony Marshall (T.M.) Anderson

It is to prayer that God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength. It is on prayer that the promises wait for their fulfillment, the kingdom waits for its coming and the Glory of God waits for its full revelation.
–Andrew Murray

Prayer activates the supernatural in our lives.
–Danny Lanier

You do not have a single problem that is not primarily a prayer problem.
– Adrian Rogers

The best way to fight against sin is to fight it on our knees.
—Philip Henry

It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life–all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God—depends upon the practice of secret prayer.
– The Kneeling Christian

Certainly nothing is more beneficial to growth in grace than growth in the life of prayer. The more you prevail, the more you will learn the secrets of God’s grace and the power of His kingdom. The more you intercede, the more intimate will be your walk with Christ and the stronger you will become by the Spirit’s power.
–Wesley Duewel

Prayer is the appointed condition of receiving God’s aid.
–E.M. Bounds

The prayer of the upright is His delight.
–Proverbs 15: 8

Prayer is the condition of the advance and success of the Gospel.
–E.M. Bounds

Prayer, in every care and anxiety and need of life, with thanksgiving, is the means God has appointed for obtaining freedom from all anxiety, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
—R.A. Torrey

As we lift up our soul in prayer to the living God, we gain the beauty of holiness as surely as a flower becomes beautiful by living in the sunlight. Was not our Lord transfigured when He prayed? And the ‘very fashion’ of our countenance will change, and we shall have our Mount of Transfiguration when prayer has its rightful place in our lives. … Our value to God and to man is in exact proportion to the extent in which we reveal the glory of God to others.
–The Kneeling Christian

Be sure you look to your secret duty; keep that up whatever you do. The soul cannot prosper in the neglect of it. Apostasy generally begins at the closet door. Be much in secret fellowship with God. It is secret trading that enriches the Christian.
—E.M. Bounds

Prayer is a mighty instrument for getting God’s will done on earth.
–William Law

It is when we pray that the Holy Spirit takes of the things of Christ and reveals them unto us (John 16:15).
– The Kneeling Christian

The secret prayer chamber is a bloody battleground. Here violent and decisive battles are fought out. Here the fate of souls for time and eternity is determined in quietude and solitude.
–O. Hallesby

Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
– Luke 22:46

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.
– William Law

Answered prayer brings God near and assures men of His being.
–E.M. Bounds


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[b]Purpose of Prayer[/b]

An utter transformation came into my experience when I learned not only to pray and return thanks, but to worship—asking nothing from God, seeking nothing from Him, simply being occupied with Him and satisfied with Him.
– R.A. Torrey

When you begin to pray, use such expressions of the attributes of God as will make you sensible of His greatness and power.
– William Law

I have known men who came to God for nothing else but just to come to Him, they so loved Him. They scorned to soil Him and themselves with any other errand than just purely to be alone with Him in His presence.
– Thomas Goodwin

Francis of Assisi would frequently spend an hour or two in prayer on the top of Mount Averno, where the only word that escaped his lips would be ‘God’ repeated at intervals. He began with adoration and often stopped there!
–The Kneeling Christian

Such worship of God, such adoration and praise and thanksgiving, not only put us into the spirit of prayer, but in some mysterious way they help God to work on our behalf.
–The Kneeling Christian

We are never fitter to pray than after praise.
–Richard Sibbes

Let this, then, be our first lesson: the presence of God is the chief thing, in our devotions.
–Andrew Murray

We do not find it difficult to make our requests known unto God when we are fully aware of His presence.
-Tony Marshall Anderson

Think first of the motive principle that will make us love and faithfully keep the morning watch [prayer]. If we take it upon us simply as a duty, and a necessary part of our religious life, it will very soon become a burden. Or, if the chief thought be our own happiness and safety, that will not supply the power to make it truly attractive. There is only one thing will suffice—the desire for fellowship with God.
–Andrew Murray

To have more of God, to know Him better, to receive from Him the communication of His love and strength, to have our life filled with His, – it is for this He invites us to enter the inner chamber and shut the door.
–Andrew Murray

I want now to say a few words on what prayer is to be in the morning watch. First of all, see that you secure the presence of God. Do not be content with anything less than seeing the face of God, having the assurance that He is looking on you in love, and listening and working in you.
–Andrew Murray

Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
-A. W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God

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—Tony Marshall (T.M.) Anderson


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[b]When to Pray?[/b]

Pray when you feel like it. Pray when you don’t feel like it. Pray until you do feel like it.
–D.L. Moody

Pray alone. Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. The best way to fight against sin is to fight it on our knees.
—Philip Henry

Think it not possible to pray too frequently; but at morning, at noon, and at eventide lift up thy soul unto God. Let not despondency stop the voice of thy supplication, for He who heareth the young ravens when they cry, will in due time listen to the trembling words of thy desire…Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord. Let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.’ Let groans, and sighs, and vows keep up perpetual assault at heaven’s doors.
–C.H. Spurgeon

Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.
-James Hudson Taylor

It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening.
–Martin Luther

Then He spoke a parable to them that men ought always to pray and not lose heart
–Luke 18:1

Some, claiming Christ prayed in the early morning, contend that it is the finest time to pray. In my life, prayer flows more freely in late hours. It should be noted Jesus went to prayer at night as well as early in the morning. In the last analysis, there is never a time we cannot enter God’s great throne room. The point is not what time we pray, it is that of developing a constant habit in the matter.
– Dick Eastman

“Pray without ceasing.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:17

In the original Greek, ceasing had a special meaning. Scholars say this rendering was used to describe a hacking cough. … The impulse of a hacking cough is always there and at any moment we may succumb to the overwhelming need to cough. This is what our prayer life must be. Habit must lodge so firmly in our minds no matter where we are, or with whom we come into contact, we never lose a burden for unceasing prayer.
–Dick Eastman

Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying. God’s acquaintance is not made by “pop” calls.
–E.M. Bounds

I live in the spirit of prayer; I pray as I walk, when I lie down and when I rise and the answers are always coming.
–George Müller

The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. Often the last 10 minutes may mean more to us than the first half hour, because we must spend a long time getting into the proper mood to pray effectively.
–A. W. Tozer

If when we come to prayer our hearts feel dull and unspiritual, we should not try to argue ourselves out of it. Rather, we should admit it frankly and pray our way through. Some Christians smile at the thought of ‘praying through,’ but something of the same idea is found in the writings of practically every great praying saint from Daniel to the present day. We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed.
–A. W. Tozer

If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray … it could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.
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[b]How to Pray[/b]

By prayer we learn to pray.
–Richard Sibbes

To offer a prayer without realizing the nearness of the Lord would be like speaking meaningless words into empty space. How could we know that our requests had been made known unto God unless He responded by assuring us that our petitions had been heard? I am persuaded that it is not possible to pray with confidence toward the Lord without being aware of His presence.
—Tony Marshall (T.M.) Anderson

I have had new Christians say to me, ‘I don’t know how to pray. I don’t have the right words.’ When our children were just learning to talk and had difficulty finding the right words, they still managed to make themselves understood by my wife and me, and the mistakes they made only endeared them to us.
–Billy Graham

And whatever you ask in My name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
–John 14:13

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
–John 14:14

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
–John 16:24

When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.
–John Bunyan

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you, and you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
–Jeremiah 29:12-13

Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas.
–O. Hallesby

When thou prayest let thy words be few, but thy thoughts and affections many, and above all let them be profound. The less thou speakest the better thou prayest. …External and bodily prayer is that buzzing of the lips, that outside babble that is gone through without any attention, and which strikes the ears of men; but prayer in spirit and in truth is the inward desire, the motions, the signs, which issue from the depths of the heart. The former is the prayer of hypocrites and of all who trust in themselves: the latter is the prayer of the children of God, who walk in His fear.
–Martin Luther


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[b]Conditions to Answered Prayer[/b]

It is an indisputable fact of Christian experience that God answers prayer. The Bible says, ‘The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). God answers prayer. This is not only a truth of the Bible: it is also an indisputable fact of Christian experience. But, although God does answer prayer, God does not answer every prayer. These are two balancing sides to the experience of prayer, and both are taught in the Bible and confirmed in Christian experience. Someone has well said, ‘There are more reasons given in the Bible why God does not answer prayer than why He does answer prayer.’ God answers prayer, but He does not answer every prayer. The lord God has clearly laid down in His Word certain conditions to answered prayer, and effective praying depends upon meeting these conditions.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us!
– Abraham Lincoln

Incline Thine ear, 0 Lord, and answer me; for I am afflicted and needy.
-Psalm 86:1

One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
–Proverbs 28:9

Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will He hears him.
–John 9:31

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears open to their cry.
–1 Peter 3:12

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from you God. And you sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will no hear.
—Isaiah 59:1-2

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear, but certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
–Psalm 66:18

Disobedience is sin. Sin blocks our communication and causes us to lose the power available to us through prayer.
–George Sweeting

Sin is an awful thing, and one of the most awful things about it is the way it hinders prayer, the way it severs the connection between us and the source of all grace and power and blessing. Any one who would have power in prayer must be merciless in dealing with his own sins.
–R.A. Torrey

Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible Study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must as a Christian turn away from it.
–J. Wilbur Chapman

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
–1 John 3:22

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. The blind man's retort upon the Pharisees is his retort upon us to this day—"Now we know that God heareth not sinners." No! No man's prayer is acceptable with God whose life is not well pleasing before God.
–Alexander Whyte

Husbands, likewise dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
—1 Peter 3:7

He who prays will not obtain remission of his sins unless he forgives from his heart his brother who has offended him and asked his pardon.
–Origen

Let him never cease from prayer, who has once begun to pray, even though his life is ever so bad. For prayer is the only way to amend one’s life and without prayer it will never be mended. Let him not be tempted of the devil, as I was, to give up prayer on account of one’s unworthiness. Let such a one rather believe that if he will only repent and pray, our Lord will still hear and answer.
–St. Teresa of Avila

Admit sin, and you banish prayer. But, on the other hand, entertain, and encourage, and practice prayer, and sin will sooner or later flee before it
–Alexander Whyte

For two hours I struggled on, forsaken of God, and met neither God nor man, all one chilly afternoon. When at last, standing still and looking at Schiehallion [a mountain in Central Scotland] clothed in white from top to bottom, these words of David shot up into my heart: “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7). In a moment I was with God, or rather God was with me. I walked home with my heart in flame of fire.
–Alexander Whyte

If I know of some reason my conscience condemns me, I should deal with it adn do all in my power to put it right with God and other people. Until I do, I will endeavor in vain to pray the prayer of faith.
-J. Oswald Sanders

Our God longs exeedingly to prove Himself the Faithful God and Mighty Helper of His people. He only waits for hearts that are completely turned from the world to Himself and are open to receive his gifts. The man who loses all will find all; he will dare to ask and then take it.
-Andrew Murray

If you abide in Me, and my Words abide in you, you shall ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.
–John 15:7

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
–Matthew 6:5


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[b]Keys to Effective Prayer[/b]

Know this fundamental truth as you begin [praying]. When Jesus prays for God’s Kingdom to come, remember that He said, ‘the kingdom of God is within you.
–Madame Guyon

Meditating on God’s Word in prayer is desirable, but known by very few.
–Madame Guyon

Prayer is a thing of the heart, not of the schools. It is more about feeling than about words.
–E.M. Bounds

Sincerity is one of the principle ingredients in prayer that influences God to hear and consider it.
-John Bunyan

There is only one requirement that you must follow at all times [in prayer]. This simple requirement is you must learn to pray from your heart and not your head.
–Madame Guyon

Remember, your prayers must always sincerely pour out your heart or soul to God. The Lord has rejected many prayers for their lack of sincerity.
-John Bunyan

God can do without the bended knee, but not without the broken heart.
–Horatius Bonar

Helplessness is the decisive factor, not only in our prayer life, but in our whole relationship with God.
–O. Hallesby

Your helplessness is the most powerful plea which rises up to the tender father-heart of God. . . . Helplessness is the real secret and the impelling power of prayer.
–O. Hallesby

They shall come with weeping and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble.
–Jeremiah 31:9

Remember, your prayers must always sincerely pour out your heart or soul to God. The Lord has rejected many prayers for their lack of sincerity.
-John Bunyan

We do not find it difficult to make our requests known unto God when we are fully aware of His presence.
—Tony Marshall Anderson

I went accordingly to my room, and locked my door, and putting the Bible on a chair, I went down on my knees at the chair. There I remained for several hours in prayer and meditation over the Word of God; and I can tell you that I learned more in those three hours, which I spent in this way, than I had learned for many months previously. I thus obtained the teaching of the Divine Spirit, and I cannot tell you the blessedness that it was to my own soul. I was praying in the Spirit, and putting my trust in the power of the Spirit, as I had never done before.
—George Müller

Even if Scripture did not exhort us to give thanks always and for all things, common courtesy would accord a prominent place to thanksgiving in our prayer lives, for we are constantly at the receiving end of God’s generosity.
–J. Oswald Sanders

When I typed the prayers of the Bible into the computer, I discovered that the really effective prayer warriors gave God a reason He should answer their prayers.
–T.W. Hunt

Believing prayer from a wholly-cleansed heart never fails.
–The Kneeling Christian

We must not conceive of prayer as overcoming God’s reluctance, but as laying hold of His highest willingness.
–Archbishop Trench

Asking in prayer is at once the test of three things—simplicity, stupidity, and certainty of God.
–Oswald Chambers

Every unanswered prayer is a clarion call to search the heart to see what is wrong there, for the promise is unmistakable in its clearness: ‘If ye shall ask anything in My name, that will I do’ (John 14:14).
–The Kneeling Christian

Prayer is measured, not by time, but by intensity.
—The Kneeling Christian

When you pray to God with a sensible thanksgiving for the mercies you have received from His hand, your prayer is a mighty prayer in the sight of God. Such a prayer prevails with Him unspeakably.
–John Bunyan

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit" (John 12:24). Oh, how these words pierced my soul! I said, "Lord Jesus, I don't know how to die." In desperation, I cried, "Teach me to die!
-R. Mabel Francis

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Matthew 5:3

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you ... Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
- James 4:8a-10

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men -- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will b exalted.
-Luke 18:10-14


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[b]The Word of God and Prayer[/b]

I went accordingly to my room, and locked my door, and putting the Bible on a chair, I went down on my knees at the chair. There I remained for several hours in prayer and meditation over the Word of God; and I can tell you that I learned more in those three hours, which I spent in this way, than I had learned for many months previously. I thus obtained the teaching of the Divine Spirit, and I cannot tell you the blessedness which it was to my own soul. I was praying in the Spirit, and putting my trust in the power of the Spirit, as I had never done before.
-George Müller

The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord's blessing upon His precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God, searching as it were into every verse to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word, not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated upon, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication: so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but rather to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer.
-George Müller

Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pleaded before Him with this reasonable request: "Do as Thou hast said." The Creator will not cheat His creature who depends upon His truth; and, far more, the Heavenly Father will not break His word to His own child. "Remember the word unto Thy servant, on which Thou hast caused me to hope," is most prevalent pleading. It is a double argument: It is Thy Word, wilt Thou not keep it? Why hast Thou spoken of it if Thou wilt not make it good? Thou hast caused me to hope in it; wilt Thou disappoint the hope which Thou hast Thyself begotten in me?
-C.H. Spurgeon


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