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

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When the devil sees a man or woman who really believes in prayer, who knows how to pray, and who really does pray, and, above all, when he sees a whole church on its face before God in prayer, he trembles as much as he ever did, for he knows that his day in that church or community is at an end.


The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.


The chief purpose of prayer is that God may be glorified in the answer.


Prayer that is born of meditation upon the Word of God is the prayer that soars upward most easily to God's listening ears.


All that God is, and all that God has, are at the disposal of player.

Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent.


I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth;

I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.


If loving God with all our heart and soul and might is the greatest commandment, then it follows that not loving Him that way is the greatest sin.


Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.


The Devil is perfectly willing that the church should multiply its organizations and its deftly contrived machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ, if it will only give up praying...The Devil is not afraid of machinery; he is only afraid of God. And machinery without prayer is machinery without God.


We must always bear in mind that the primary purpose of our work is not to get people to join a church, to give up their bad habits, or to do anything other than to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Pray for great things, expect great things, work for great things, but above all pray.


The Spirit, when He prays through us, or helps us to meet the mighty "ougthness" of right praying, trims our praying down to the will of God.


About R. A. Torrey

Quotes 65 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Any church may have a mighty man of God for its pastor, if it is willing to pay the price, and that price is not a big salary, but great praying.


There must be, in any complete revelation of God's mind and will and character and being, things hard for the beginner to understand; and the wisest and best of us are but beginners.


The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinions of any man.


Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D.

L. Moody, I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher.


Do not study commentaries, lesson helps or other books about the Bible: study the Bible itself. Do not study about the Bible, study the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God, and only the Bible is the Word of God.


It is of the highest importance from the standpoint of experience that we know the Holy Spirit as a person.


We are not saved by denying self, or taking up our cross, or doing anything else, we are saved by simply believing in Jesus.


I prayed fifteen years for the conversion of my oldest brother.

When he seemed to be getting further and further away from any hope of conversion, I prayed on.


Every true revival from that day to this has had its earthly origin in prayer.


Ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are merely playing at Bible study;

and therefore ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are mere weaklings, when they might be giants, both in their Christian life and in their service.


I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood.


We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.


Prayer can do anything that God can do.


I would rather go to heaven alone than go to hell in company.


Cultivate prompt, exact, unquestioning, joyous obedience to every command that it is evident from its context applies to you. Be on the lookout for new orders from your King. Blessing lies in the direction of obedience to them. God's commands are but signboards that mark the road to present success and blessedness and to eternal glory.


The one who is truly born again will love the Word of God.


We must know the power of the Blood if we are to know the power of God.

Our knowing experimentally the power of the Word, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the power of prayer is dependent upon our knowing the power of the Blood of Christ.


If we then let the words of Christ abide in us, they will stir us up in prayer.


Many who read their Bibles make the great mistake of confining all their reading to certain portions of the Bible which they enjoy. In this way they get no knowledge of the Bible as a whole. They miss altogether many of the most important phases of Bible truth.


To have as one's ever-present friend, and to be conscious that one has as his ever-present friend, the Holy Spirit and to surrender one's life in all it's departments entirely to His control - this is true Christian living.


If you in any way abate the doctrine of hell, it will abate your zeal.


If you and I are to be used in our sphere as D.

L. Moody was used in his, we must put all that we have and all that we are in the hands of God, for Him to use as He will.


Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without, first of all, coming to know Him as a person.


The best book in the world to put into the hands of one who desires to know about Jesus and to be saved is the gospel of John.


If you make a great deal of Christ, He will make a great deal of you;

But it you make but little of Christ, He will make but little of you.


It is true that He does sometimes require of us things that to others seem hard.

But when the will is once surrendered, the revolutionized life plans become just the plans that are most pleasant, and the things that to others seem hard, are just the things that are easiest and most delightful. Do not let Satan deceive you into being afraid of God's plans for your life.


The man or woman at home who prays often has as much to do with the effectiveness of the missionary on the field, and consequently with the results of his or her labors, as the missionary.


The failure to return thanks for definite blessings received is a manifestation of ingratitude that grieves Jesus Christ.


To win men to acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord is the only reason Christians are left in this world.


Wealth, honors, pleasures, is not so eagerly to be desired as the forgiveness of our sins.


Worship is adoring contemplation of God.


If we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal power or influence, then our thought will constantly be, how can I get hold of and use the Holy Spirit; but if we think of Him in the biblical way as a divine Person, infinitely wise, infinitely holy, infinitely tender, then our thought will constantly be, 'How can the Holy Spirit get hold of and use me?'


The truly wise man is he who believes the Bible against the opinions of any man.

If the Bible says one thing, and any body of men says another, the wise man will decide, "This book is the Word of him who cannot lie".


Every Christian who does not study, really study, the Bible every day is a fool.


If we would pray aright, the first thing we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him.


Prayer will promote our personal holiness as nothing else, except the study of the Word of God.


Tell me your doctrine of the Fall and I will tell you the state of your theology.