(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
There are many quotes, which, over the years, have changed my way of thinking and challenged me spiritually. I must say that it has to be the most difficult thing in the world to choose a few favorites, let alone a single favorite! However, there are seven quotes regarding prayer that have changed my prayer life, and I am very much looking forward to sharing those with you today. Naturally, these quotes are by Leonard Ravenhill, A. W. Tozer, C. S. Lewis, as well as Charles Spurgeon.
These are quotes worth contemplating, written by prayerful, mighty men who followed Jesus and served Him faithfully. I believe it would do us much good to pay heed to these men, their lives, as well as their writings, most especially on the subject of prayer.
Write a few, or all, of these quotes down in your florilegium (common place book) or notebook, for they are certainly worth keeping somewhere to remind yourself of these spiritually rich truths, time and time again.
This first one is by Leonard Ravenhill. It doesn’t seem right to start with anything else but this very quote. It’s probably not one that will be read in any American Church this Sunday, but it should be.
“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few prayers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“You can delegate many things, but prayer is not one of them.” – A. W. Tozer
“I believe the place of prayer is not only a place where I lose my burdens, but also a place where I get a burden. He shares my burden, and I share His burden. To know that burden, we must hear the voice of the Spirit. To hear that voice, we must be still and know that He is God.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” – C. S. Lewis
“The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“My prayer is that when I die, all of Hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” – C. S. Lewis
“God is too good to be unkind, and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. When you are so weak that you cannot do much more than cry, you coin diamonds with both your eyes. The sweetest prayers God ever hears are the groans and sighs of those who have no hope in anything but His love.” – Charles Spurgeon
I love how these quotes are written by various men, at various points in history, at various times in their lives and ministries, and yet they all seem as if they could be combined into one long quote.
I pray that the Lord uses one of these quotes to radically change your prayer life if needed, and that perhaps today would be the day you come boldly unto the throne of grace, the throne of Jesus, our Savior. Our prayer lives not only have the power to impact lives and generations, but to change us completely!
Madie & I will be uploading an episode on our podcast, A Few Minutes With The Few, this Monday in which we discuss one of main things that currently disrupts our peace and keeps us from experiencing true breakthrough in our prayer lives. Make sure you’re subscribed to our podcast and on our email list so you know when the episode goes up and can be one of the first to listen!
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