Quotes on Prayer.

“Prayer begets Revival, which begets more prayer.” -Pastor Jim Cymbala

In Sunday's sermon, I shared a handful of quotes from famous preachers or leaders on the topic of prayer, I wanted to share them with you today to offer some encouragement as you consider what it looks like for you to adapt your week to create more margin to commit that time to prayer.

If we really want to see a movement of the Gospel in our city, it will come through faithful men and women committing to praying earnestly on behalf of our city and others

  • “Prayer does not equip us for the greater work, Prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers
  • “We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer. I would sooner see you eloquent with God than with men.” — Charles Spurgeon
  • “I have since learned that the most mature believer is the one who is bent over, leaning most heavily on the Lord, and admitting his total inability to do anything without Christ. The greatest Christian is not the one who has achieved the most but rather the one who has received the most.” — Pastor Jim Cymbala 
  • “Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or bending his will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to his.” - John Stott
  • “It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances.” - Pastor Tim Keller
  • “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” - John Wesley 
  • “If the devil can get the church to withdraw from prayer by believing reasonable excuses, the church is under his dominion…What the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations, or more novel methods; but men whom the Holy Spirit can use– men of prayer, men mighty in prayer…every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.” — EM Bounds
  • “Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great British pulpiteer, had said in a sermon almost exactly a hundred years before: The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if he be not there, one of the first tokens of his absence will be a slothfulness in prayer.” — Pastor Jim Cymbala on Spurgeon

  • “When life is going smoothly, and our truest heart treasures seem safe, it does not occur to us to pray.” - Pastor Tim Keller