Prayer... A collection of quotes

"Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray... To know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man." Andrew Murray

"To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world." Karl Barth

"...We come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times- little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion." E.M. Bounds

"If I fail to spend tow hours in prayer each mroning the devil gets the victory though the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer." Martin Luther

"I ought to pray before seeing anyone. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o'clock before I begin secret prayer. This is a wretched system. It is unscriptural. Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: "Early will I seek Thee"; "Thou shalt early hear my voice." Family prayer loses much of its power and sweetness, and I can do no good to those who come to seek from me. My conscience feels guilty, my soul unfed, my lamp not trimmed. Then, when in secret prayer, the soul is often out of tune. I feel it is far better to begin with God- to see His face first- to get my soul near Him before it is near another." Robert Murray McCheyne

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24 (Jesus)

"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:11-12

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6


  1. These are all great quotes, and I just might have smiled a bit when I saw one was from Martin Luther! :) The Devil certainly gets victories if we don't pray and read our Bibles in the morning to start off our day. My day always goes better if I have read and prayed before I start doing other things.
    Liz :)

  2. Wow, what an amazing quote, the one by karl Barth! The one by E.M. Bounds also gave me somethng to think over. I wonder how many of us realise, when we come to pray, what a serious business it is ... ? Thank you for posting these quotes!

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  4. Indeed, great quotes, especially Bounds; it is certainly an easy snare to fall into, to have ones conscience won over by a little prayer, without really winning a victory in prayer.

    About Barth, and his quote:
    The quote is good as far as it goes, although you could argue with it theologically as prayer is more a fruit and continuance of Christ's uprising against the disorder of the world than the beginning of another one.

    However: you must be very very careful with Karl Barth, because he is far from being orthodox and sound in his theology. That doesnt mean he cant speak truth; even the very worst of reprobate men can speak truth when God's grace restrains their sin nature. But it does mean that I believe he shouldnt be up there unclarified in a list with Bounds, McCheyne, and God's word. -Barth's doctrine on Scripture for example is very unsound; His belief was that the scriptures were fallible and liable to error, because they were written with human words. (incidently, the words of men were created by God as a means of conveying true information, and are only fallible when used fallibly).

    Here is a quote from Barths 'Church Dogmatics', to demonstrate the point;
    "If God has not been ashamed to speak through the Scriptures with its fallible human words, with its historical and scientific blunders, its theological contradictions, with the uncertainty of its transmission and above all, with its Jewish character, but has rather accepted it in all its fallibility to make it serve Him, we ought not to be ashamed of it when with all its fallibility it wants anew to be to us a witness, it would be self-will and disobedience to wish to seek in the Bible for infallible elements"

    There are numerous problems with this outlook on scriptural revelation, including God having to 'accept' the fallibility of his own word, and us no longer having a 'sure word of prophecy' or confidence in the promises of God in which to trust.

    Of course, if the Bible were fallible(the possibility of error), it doesnt of necessity mean that is also erroneous; It would mean however that we couldnt trust it, because we could never know truly whether it was erroneous or not.

    The great reformed apologist Cornelius van Til said 'for all its verbal similarity to historic Protestantism, Barth’s theology is, in effect, a denial of it.'

  5. ' A prayerless soul is a Christless Soul'


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