50 Christian Prayer Quotes and Sayings

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Prayer, one dictionary definition is: a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession [1]. As Christians we strive to pray at least daily and as a group we engage in corporate prayer regularly as well. It can be intimate in the early hours of the morning or late at night. It is the time that we spend talking to our Heavenly Father. We offer our prayers to the Lord and in due time He answers them. Prayer is an essential element in our relationship with the Lord. Here are 50 Christian prayer quotes and sayings.

Featured Prayer Quote: “The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.”  ~ Adrian Rogers

Corporate and Public Prayer

Oh! yes, (the prayer meeting) is the place to meet with the Holy Ghost, and this is the way to get His mighty power. If we would have Him, we must meet in greater numbers; we must pray with greater fervency, we must watch with greater earnestness, and believe with firmer steadfastness. The prayer meeting…is the appointed place for the reception of power. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer. ~ A.T. Pierson

Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

A man who prays much in private will make short prayers in public. ~ D.L. Moody

Persistent and Intense Prayer

When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves. ~ A.W. Tozer

There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Flamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls. Our whole being must be in our praying. ~ E.M. Bounds

God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it. ~ Adoniram Judson

If you find your life of prayer to be always so short, and so easy, and so spiritual, as to be without cost and strain and sweat to you, you may depend upon it, you have not yet begun to pray. ~ Alexander Whyte

I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances. ~ E.M. Bounds

Personal Prayer

Prayer is the link that connects us with God. ~ A.B. Simpson

O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth. ~ Andrew Murray

Know your HOLY GOD intimately. (When you have seen His glory, His holiness and His love – by drawing close to Him in prayer – then you can usually see through any counterfeits because you know the “real thing” so well). ~ Andrew Strom

How different the world would look, how different the state of our nation would be, if there were more sanctified priestly souls! These are souls who have the power to bless, for they intercede with sanctified hearts. They never begin their daily time of intercessory prayer without having first brought to the cross all that is unholy in their lives, so that their old self can be crucified there with Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb. ~ Basilea Schlink

A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in morning prayer. The morning prayer determines the day. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Power of Prayer

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

The Prince of the power of the air seems to bend all the force of his attack against the spirit of prayer. ~ Andrew Bonar

Prayer is an essential element in our relationship with the Lord.

Prayer is an essential element in our relationship with the Lord.

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. ~ Andrew Murray

When human reason has exhausted every possibility, the children can go to their Father and receive all they need. … For only when you have become utterly dependent upon prayer and faith, only when all human possibilities have been exhausted, can you begin to reckon that God will intervene and work His miracles. ~ Basilea Schlink

The Lord intends us to be powerful people-mighty in optimism and hopeful of spirit, powerful in evangelistic zeal, potent in influence, sturdy in moral fiber and purity. We can be powerhouses in prayer and preaching. ~ David Jeremiah

If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power. ~ Billy Sunday

If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

The prayers of God’s saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil. ~ E.M. Mounds

Prayer Defined

A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Prayer does not mean that I am to bring God down to my thoughts and my purposes, and bend his government according to my foolish, silly, and sometimes sinful notions. Prayer means that I am to be raised up into feeling, into union and design with him; that I am to enter into his counsel and carry out his purpose fully. ~ D.L. Moody

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God. ~ Billy Graham

Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God. ~ David Jeremiah

Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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. ~ E.M. Bounds

Prayer in the Bible

Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day: That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. ~ 1 Kings 8:28-29

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. ~ Psalms 4:1

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. ~ Psalms 64:1

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. ~ Psalms 84:8

He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. ~ Psalms 102:17

Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake. ~ Daniel 9:17

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. ~ Jonah 2:7

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. ~ Matthew 23:14

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. ~ Acts 12:5

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. ~ Romans 10:1

God’s Response to Prayer

When praying for the Lord’s will about something questionable, don’t give up if you don’t receive clear leading after one prayer; just keep on praying until God makes it clear. ~ Curtis Hutson

Just as in prayer it is not we who momentarily catch His attention, but He ours, so when we fail to hear His voice, it is not because He is not speaking so much as that we are not listening. We must recognize that all things are in God and that God is in all things, and we must learn to be very attentive, in order to bear God speaking in His ordinary tone without any special accent. ~ Charles H. Brent

Our prayers run along one road and God’s answers by another, and by and by they meet. ~ Adoniram Judson

So don’t give up! Don’t stop believing! Stay full of hope and expectation. God’s power is limitless, and He’ll break through for you. ~ Joyce Meyer

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. ~ Andrew Murray

I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone. ~ D.L. Moody

It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It does not influence His purpose. It does influence His action. ~ S.D. Gordon

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