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Prayer Quotes

Prayer Quotes Prayer Meditation

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Vairous

Author: Various


"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 man." [Charles Spurgeon (1834 - 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher, known as the "Prince of Preachers."]

"Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless: it has its' cultivation, its behavior, its obligations, even its disciplines; and the casual mind kills it." George Buttrick, 20th century British/American writer, lecturer, and Presbyterian minister.

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” A.J. Gordon (1836–1895) was an American Baptist preacher, writer, composer, and founder of Gordon College and Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary.

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) was a German friar, Catholic priest, professor of theology and primary figure the Protestant Reformation.

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” Soren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India, and proponent of nonviolent civil disobedience.

“'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Alice Walker (1944 - ) is an American author and activist best known for her critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart (1260 – c. 1328) was a German theologian, philosopherand mystic.

“Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Madame de Stael (1766 – July 1817)was a French activist and writer of the Napoleonic era.

“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and Roman Catholic saint.

“God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.’” Rick Warren (1954 - ) is an American evangelical Christian pastor and best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life, et al.

“Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” Billy Graham (1918 - ) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in the 40s and 50s. He is known as “America’s Pastor” and has been a spiritual adviser to several US Presidents.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker.

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner who lived and served most of her life in India.

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” Corrie ten Boom (1892 – 1983) was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who, along with her was sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Her book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” Mother Teresa(1910 – 1997) was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner who lived and served most of her life in India.

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of de


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.