“When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. And so on. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.”
Dr. A. C. Dixon, quoted by Robert Hall Glover, The Bible Basis of Missions, p. 186
‘In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.’
‘When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words be without heart.’
‘Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as all-sufficient.’
‘Before we can pray “Thy Kingdom come”, we must be willing to pray “my kingdom go”.
‘When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t pray, they don’t.’
“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty works of Divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, ‘Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know ‘[Jeremiah 33:3].”
‘The missionary church is a praying church. The history of missions is a history of prayer. Everything vital to the success of the world’s evangelism hinges on prayer. Are thousands of missionaries and tens of thousands of native workers needed? “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth labourers into His harvest.”
John Raleigh Mott – Nobel Peace Prize co-winner of 1946.
‘Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude-an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.’
Arthur W. Pink
‘Prayer can move mountains. It can change human hearts, families, neighborhoods, cites and nations. It’s the ultimate source of power because it is, in reality, the power of the almighty God. Prayer can do what political action cannot, what education cannot, what military might cannot, and what planning committees cannot. By prayer the kingdom of God is built, and by prayer the kingdom of Satan is destroyed. Where there is no prayer, there are no great works, and there is no building of the kingdom. Where there is much prayer and fervent prayer, there are great gains for the kingdom: God’s rule is established, His power is directed, His will is done, society is transformed, lost persons are saved, and saints are enabled to ’stand agains the devil’s schemes’ (Ephesians 6:11). If that isn’t enough to compel us to ‘devote [ourselves] to prayer’ and ‘always [wrestle] in prayer’ (Colossians 4:2,12), I don’t know what is!’
Alvin J. Vander Griend, ‘Your Prayers Matter’, Discipleship Journal
Prayer was the ignition to every revival fire in history. Prayer was the key to the doorway of ministry for every preacher used by God in the past. For the soldier of Christ, true prayer should be a way of life, not just a call for help in the heat of battle. A man was once cutting a tree stump with an obviously blunt axe. He was only brusing the bark as sweat poured from his beaded brow. Someone suggested that he stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, to which he replied “I’m too busy chopping the tree to stop for anything.” If he would only stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, he would slice through the tree with far greater ease. Stop at the beginning of each day, and “sharpen the axe” through prayer. Seek first the kingdom of God and you will slice through that day with far greater ease.
‘Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.’
‘God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.’
‘We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.’