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Stirring Quotes on Prayer

December 6, 2011 todd tomasella Merciful SaviorPrayertodd tomasella


Prayer does not fit us for greater work; prayer is the greater work.” –Oswald Chambers

“Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.” Matthew 26:41

E.M. Bounds Quote on Prayer: “Prayer is absolutely necessary if we want to carry on God’s work properly. God has intended it to be so. The Twelve in the early church knew the importance of prayer. In fact, when they heard the complaint that certain widows had been neglected in the daily distribution, they did not handle it all by themselves. (See Acts 6:1-2.) The Twelve called all the disciples together and told them to select seven men,
‘full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3), whom they would appoint over the benevolent work. They added this important statement: ‘But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word’ (Acts 6:4). They surely realized that the success of the Word and the progress of the church were dependent in a preeminent sense on their giving themselves to prayer. God could effectively work through them in proportion to how much they gave themselves to prayer.” E.M. Bounds on Prayer, p. 527

“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.”–E.M Bounds


If we get so busy working like Martha, even in serving God’s people, and neglect “that good part” of fellowshipping with the LORD, we will surely lose the oil in our vessels and be impoverished in spirit, as salt that has lost its savor and is good only to be cast out.

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke

Think you really know Him? The person who does not have a daily prayer communion with the LORD has no oil in his lamp/vessel and is therefore not ready to meet Christ. Read Jesus’ warning parable on the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13.

“Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” John Bunyan

“Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God.”–Andrew

This from the man who, more than any other, stopped slavery in Great Britain:

“I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me.

The shortening of devotions starves the soul; it grows lean and faint.

I have been keeping too late hours.” –William Wilberforce

“Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.”  E.M. Bounds

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” John Wesley

“Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.” John Wesley

“Quit playing, start praying. Quit feasting, start fasting. Talk less with men, talk more with God. Listen less to men, listen to the words of God. Skip travel, start travail.”  Leonard Ravenhill

“It is a tremendously hard thing to pray aright, yea, it is verily the science of all sciences.”   Martin Luther

“The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! DO IT! You want to be taught to pray. My answer is: pray and never faint, and then you shall never fail.” John Laidlaw

Without prayer there can be:

  • No continued right standing or eternal place before the Son of man (Lk. 21:36; Matt. 26:41)
  • No Revival (2 Chron. 7:14)
  • No answers from Heaven (Jer. 33:3; Matt. 7:7)
  • No desires granted (Mk. 11:24)
  • No joy fulfilled (Jn. 16:23-24)
  • No power over or escape from sin (Matt. 26:41)
  • No “escape” from “all these things that shall come to pass
         (Lk. 21:36)

“To the true believer, the coming again of Jesus Christ is not something to dread, but it is the brightest hope the future holds for us. It should be the object of our eager desire and longing anticipation, The last prayer in the Bible should also be the cry of every wise Christian heart: ‘Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.’” R.A.Torrey, Jesus is Coming for You, p. 12

Praying in faith… In describing the prayer life of Dwight L. Moody, R.A. Torrey wrote:

“Time and time again, he (Moody) was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to surmount and to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that ‘nothing was too hard for the Lord’ and that prayer could do anything that God could do … Yes, D. L. Moody was a man who believed in the God who answers prayer, and not only believed in Him in a theoretical way but believed in Him in a practical way. He was a man who met every difficulty that stood in his way — by prayer. Everything he undertook was backed up by prayer, and in everything, his ultimate dependence was upon God.” 

We Don’t have a Prayer without Prayer …  

Here is a severe and solemn warning from the Son of God concerning His soon return: 

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged (weighed down) with surfeiting (over indulgence), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  For as a snare shall it come on all them
that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36

Why would Jesus have warned us all this way if those who were once saved in the past are automatically sure for Heaven?

If it were okay for us to live in sin after being saved with no jeopardy to our eternal souls, Christ Jesus would never have warned us to watch, wait, and be ready in order to be “worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass.” (Lk. 21:34-36) He also would never have given us the parable of the Ten Virgins where 5 made it in and yet the door was shut on the other 5 foolish virgins who refused to remain filled with the oil of His holy presence and Word (Matt. 25:1-13).

Luke 12
31But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 41Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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