What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.— Edward McKendree Bounds
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Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things;
the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities-they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.
I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor's door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.
All God's plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.
Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.
He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life.
Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else.
It is necessary to iterate and reiterate that prayer, as a mere habit, as a performance gone through by routine or in a professional way, is a dead and rotten thing.
God is waiting to be put to the test by His people in prayer.
He delights in being put to the test on His promises. It is His highest pleasure to answer prayer, to prove the reliability of His promises.
Prayer is of transcendent importance.
Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.
Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him "the mind of Christ," the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.
Prayer succeeds when all else fails
God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces of against evil
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.
The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after his holiness.
Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.
We regard prayer no longer as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege which is to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.
Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.
The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.
The most important lesson we can learn is how to pray.
Prayers do not die, prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them.
Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.
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.
Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer.
The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees.
Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls.
The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.
We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ
Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.
Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held.
A holy life does not live in the closet, but it cannot live without the closet.
The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.
Trouble and prayer are closely related.
Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble.
Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.
No learning can make up for the failure to pray.
No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.
The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.
God's cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.
God shapes the world by prayer.
Little praying is a kind of make believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.
The possibilities of prayer are found in its allying itself with the purposes of God, for God's purposes and man's praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces.
The men who have most fully illustrated Christ in their character and have most powerfully affected the world for Him have been men who spend so much time with God as to make it a notable feature in their lives.
Our praying, to be strong, must be buttressed by holy living.
The life of faith perfects the prayer of faith.
Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer.
Little acquaintance with God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing.
We can never know God as it is our privilege to know Him by brief repetitions that are requests for personal favors, and nothing more.
The prayers of God's saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil.
Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.
God's willingness to answer our prayers exceeds our willingness to give good and necessary things to our children, just as far as God's ability, goodness and perfection exceed our infirmities and evil.
Prayer and a holy life are one. They mutually act and react. Neither can survive alone. The absence of the one is the absence of the other.
Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life.
Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it dies, chilled and starved to its vitals. True prayer must be aflame.
Pray for 'all men.' We usually pray more for things than we do for men. Our prayers should be thrown across their pathway as they rush in their downward course to a lost eternity.