40 Extraordinary Quotes on Prayer

Prayer is the medium through which we receive supernatural help from above — God has established this.

As image-bearers of God, we are partners. We are Vice-Regents under God in Christ. A Vice-Regent is a person who takes action in the name of a ruler or sovereign. A related term is ViceRoyalty.

"... much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17 NASB

It’s always been about a union and partnership between heaven and earth … from the Garden of Eden to the Garden City which is coming down from above in the New Heavens and New Earth.

And prayer is a core element of our partnership with heaven. In prayer, we are conformed to the nature of the Sovereign King. We pick up his heart and intent. Then we activate the jurisdiction he has assigned us in the earth.

All for his name and fame. His glory and story.

I believe these extraordinary quotes on prayer will inspire you and offer hard-won insight into living and walking by faith. Bookmark this page and come back to it. Share with others to fuel their prayer life.

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Questing with you in prayer,


40 Extraordinary Quotes on Prayer

“Our prayers should arise out of immersion in the Scripture. [We] speak only to the degree we are spoken to . . . The wedding of the Bible and prayer anchors your life down in the real God.” — Tim Keller

“We are too busy to pray, and so we’re too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services, but few conversions; much machinery, but few results.” — R.A. Torrey

“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 ESV) … All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23 ESV). — Jesus Christ

“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world.” — Jonathan Edwards

“It would be of course a low voltage spiritual life in which prayer was chiefly undertaken as a discipline, rather than as a way of co-laboring with God to accomplish good things and advancing his Kingdom purposes.” — Dallas Willard

“Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.” — Oswald Chambers

“I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God’s call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks.” — Ravi Zacharias

“Believers keep up and maintain their walk with God by secret prayer. The spirit of grace is always accompanied with the spirit of supplication. It is the very breath of the new creature, the fan of the divine life, whereby the spark of holy fire, kindled in the soul by God, is not only kept in, but raised into a flame.” — George Whitefield

“Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.” — E.M. Bounds

“Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” — Watchman Nee

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Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. - Colossians 4:2 NKJV

“O the power of private prayer! I hath a kind of omnipotency in it.” — Thomas Brooks

“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.” — Andrew Murray

“I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.” — George Mueller

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

“The devil is not put to flight by a courteous request. He meets us at every turn, contends for every inch, and our progress has to be registered in heart’s blood and tears.” — Charles E. Cowman

“But when we pray, genuinely pray, the real condition of our heart is revealed. This is as it should be. This is when God truly begins to work with us. The adventure is just beginning.” — Richard Foster

“What kind of spiritual sacrifices does God expect us to offer? Just as Jesus offered up prayers and petitions during His life on earth, so should we. When we learn to pray, then we are qualified to rule.” — Derek Prince

“Effective prayer is prayer that attains what it seeks. It is prayer that moves God, effecting its end.” — Charles G. Finney

“Mind how you pray. Make real business of it. Let it never be a dead formality … plead the promise in a truthful, business-like way … Ask for what you want, because the Lord has promised it. Believe that you have the blessing, and go forth to your work in full assurance of it. Go from your knees singing, because the promise is fulfilled ….” — C.H. Spurgeon

“There is no power like that of prevailing prayer—of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat and blood. Add to this list from the records of the church your personal observation and experience, and always there is cost of passion unto blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.” — Samuel Chadwick

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“Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him." Jesus in Mark 11:22-23 NASB

“In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart … The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver. Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” — John Bunyan

“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.” — A.J. Gordan

“All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. But we must use the key. Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent.” — R.A. Torrey

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15 ESV). — Apostle John

“What I mean is this: that this battle is won on the ground of prayer, these forces are dealt with and defeated on the ground of prayer, and, that being so, the chief objective of the enemy is the prayer-life of the believer. That is the focal point of all the enemy’s attention and strategy.” — T. Austin Sparks

“God instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” — Blaise Pascal

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” — C.S. Lewis

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” — 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

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:6-7 ESV). — Jesus Christ

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"... The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God--it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]." James 5:16 AMP

“The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.” — Augustine

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20 ESV). — Apostle Paul

“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 wealthy.” — John Piper

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psalm 5:3 ESV). — King David

“He that hath faith in God is almost omnipotent ; he that hath might in prayer … the divine omnipotence itself, and move the arm that moves the world.” — Charles Spurgeon

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10 ESV). — Jesus Christ

“Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” — Andrew Murray

“I believe our prayers do more than just petition the Father. I’ve become convinced that in some situations they actually release cumulative amounts of God’s power until enough has been released to accomplish His will.” — Dutch Sheets

“Only when we get serious with God can we expect an answer.” — D.L. Moody

“Most people don’t even try to learn the ways of the kingdom; they just go about their days with a practical agnosticism, hoping things work out, tossing up prayers like they hope to score on a Jesus lottery ticket.” — John Eldredge

How do these quotes inspire and motivate you? If you have a thought or extraordinary prayer quote you would like to share, use the Reply option below and leave a comment! Pass this list along to others to fuel their prayer life. — Brian


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  1. We who come to God, must believe that He IS, & that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. We are ambassadors of Christ, co-laborers with Him through His Holy Spirit that lives with in us. “JESUS” is the Name that opens Heaven’s storehouse; & it is in that precious Name, only, we must pray.

    1. I love it that we are ambassadors of Christ — Vice-Regents of God, Allison and Tony. Friends of Christ and partners with heaven in the Story of God.

  2. Nice one from John Eldredge.

    Here’s one

    “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” –
    Martin Luther King Jr

    1. Great quote, Brent. We’re born again in Christ. Reconnected to God. Would we not converse … pray? It’s friendship and partnership.

  3. BRIAN, thank you so much for sharing this with me today. I love reading about prayer. My life was dynamically Impacted by a book called Live a Praying Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I wish you would check it out. It is a book/workbook and can be used in classes also. It is loaded with scripture and tremendous illustrations that just ignited my prayer life. She has written many other books too. I once attended one of her conferences.

    1. That’s wonderful, Linda. Prayer, to me, is one of those things that can be “caught” from others. We need to be kindled by others, and to kindle others as well.

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