Instructive Prayer Quotes #19

Quotes selected by: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

“The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on his tiptoes.” ~Dwight L. Moody

“Two requirements for answered prayer: need to be a Christian and have lives that are clean of sin.” ~Dr. Ed Young Psalm 63:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

“The best way to learn how to pray effectively is just pray.” ~Dr. David Jeremiah Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

“Experiment with something different. Do Psalm 100:4 for 95% of your prayer time and spend the other 5% asking for requests.” ~Elton Streyle Psalm 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

“Prayer has been called the slender nerve that moves the mighty hand of God.” ~Source unknown

“Prayer shifts your focus away from the problem to God, the One who can handle it, giving you the solution and revealing the next step to take.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Instructive Prayer Quotes #18

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“Prayer changes lives, move mountains, and alters the course of history.” ~Dr. Michael Youssef

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

“Prayer rests in God’s provision. True prayer isn’t spoken in a panic, but in a spirit of trust and rest. You know that the One to whom you pray is near, faithful, and willing to meet your every need.” ~Paul David Tripp

“I have been greatly encouraged and helped in my own prayer life by looking at the words of music and prayers of others.” ~Elisabeth Elliot

“Prayer is God’s backstage pass into a personal audience with Him.” ~Pastor Tony Evans 1 John 5:14Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

“The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm, where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.” ~Corie ten Boom

“If you only pray when you feel like it, you probably don’t have much of a prayer life.” ~David Jeremiah Colossians 4:2a Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”

“Goals not bathed in prayer or brought in humility before the Lord turn out to be downright useless. They don’t go anywhere. They don’t accomplish anything.” ~Charles R. Swindoll

Instructive Prayer Quotes #17

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“He that is a stranger to prayer is a stranger to God.” ~Billy Sunday

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

“There is no such thing as a distance when God’s children pray.” ~Pastor John Hagge

“True prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. It means we talk to God, then we listen.” ~Charles Stanley

“The path to peace is paved with prayer.” ~Max Lucado

“What a person is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more. ~Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Prayer is one of the most important activities for a Christian. It is to continually include God in every situation.” ~Elton Streyle

“Prayer changes hearts.” ~Joni Eareckson Tada

“When I get down, I get down on my knees.” ~Anonymous



Instructive Prayer Quotes #16

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“Prayer is the hand of faith that translates God’s promises into performance.” ~Dr. Howard Hendricks

“Why pray? 1. Develops our intimacy with God, 2. Prayer unleashes the power of God, 3. Protects with the peace of God.” ~Dr. Robert Jeffress

“God promises to hear my prayers, but never my orders.” ~Anonymous

“Looking Through the Windshield vs. the Rearview Mirror: Spend only enough time in prayer looking back to be forgiven of sins. Satan wants us to dwell on past mistakes. Jesus wants us to be looking forward to all that He has in store for our future.” ~Elton Streyle

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12

“To really give prayer its power, I must take God’s thoughts from His Word and present them before Him. Then I am enabled to pray according to God’s Word. How indispensable God’s Word is for all true prayer.” ~Andrew Murray



Instructive Prayer Quotes #15



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“In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings. In the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does. ~Philip Yancey

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-13

“The Word of God and prayer will keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from the Word of God and prayer.” ~Unknown

“Forgiveness and cleansing is very important in a Christian’s prayer life. It is like eating from a dirty bowl versus eating from a clean one. It is always best to clean the dirt from the bowl before using it and to clean our heart and mind before praying. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”‘ ~Elton Streyle

“God will use small vessels, but not dirty ones.” ~Evelyn Christensen



Instructive Prayer Quotes #14


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“Prayer is not the last resort. It is the first and most effective line of attack.” ~Sheila Walsh

“When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works.” ~Max Lucado

“We look upon prayer as getting things for ourselves but the Bible’s idea of prayer is that we may know God.” ~Oswald Chambers

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor vocal performance. It is far deeper than that. It is a spiritual exercise with the Creator of heaven and earth.” ~Charles Spurgeon

“We must be alert in prayer. This means we must be aware as we pray. What should we be aware of? The schemes of Satan. The enemy want to distract you from prayer. He wants your mind to drift and your heart to be troubled. If we expect these things, we can counteract them by focusing more intently on the task before us- communicating with God.” ~Charles Stanley

“Maintaining a strong prayer life is easier than having to regain it.” ~Elton Streyle

“Prayer is the mechanism that brings down the power of heaven into your experience. It is the divinely authorized method that activates your spiritual armor and makes it effective. Prayer alerts the enemy to your awareness of his intentions while safeguarding you from his attacks.” ~Priscilla Shirer

Prayer Quotes to Think About #13

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“If I try to pray for people or events without having God’s Word in front of me, guiding my prayers, then severe negative things happen. One is that I tend to be very repetitive… I just pray the same things all the time. Another negative thing is that my mind tends to wander.” ~John Piper

“If we pray without reading the Word, we shall be ignorant of the mind and will of God, and liable to be blown about by every wind of doctrine.” ~D.L. Moody

“Dare not live without prayer.” ~Charles Swindoll

“A. Establish the priority of prayer, B. Rearrange your schedule to meet this prayer, C. Plan your prayer life.” ~Dr. Sidlow Baxter

“Prayer is not only a comfort in times of need; it is essential for survival. It guided Jesus through His life. Let it guide you.” ~Charles Stanley

“Instead of telling God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big God is.” ~Anonymous

Prayer Quotes to Think About #12

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“Prayer without variety eventually becomes words without meaning.” -Donald S. Whitney

“As private prayer is the key to open Heaven, so is it the key to shut the gates of hell.” -Charles Spurgeon

“I don’t care how you have backslidden and wandered; if you want to come back, God accepts the willing mind. God will hear your prayer and answer.” -D.L. Moody

“We can leave a lasting inheritance for our children and grandchildren by prayers lifted to God long before they are born and prayers that will be answered long after we are gone.” -Elton Streyle

“Intercessory prayer is like a missile, it can be fired toward any spot on earth. It travels undetected at the speed of thought and it hits the target every time. It can be armed with a delayed detonating device.” -Anonymous

“The more you pray, the easier is becomes. The easier it becomes the more you will pray.” -Mother Teresa


Prayer Quotes to Think About #11

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“A full measure of the Word of God and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.” ~Andrew Murray

“Prayer with great power must be rooted in God’s Word.” ~Elton Streyle

A Different Way to Begin a Prayer
This is a summary of comments made by J. Gordon Henry.
We should be conscious as Christians that there is only one access to God. You cannot come into the presence of God apart from Christ Himself. John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except  through Me.'” (For context, read John 14:13-14, John 16:23-26).
“We customarily  attach ‘In Jesus’ Name’ at the end of our praying. I have learned that it is a blessing to come early in the Name of Jesus in praying. The Name of Jesus is the authority that opens the door into God’s presence gives us the right to be heard.”  ~J. Gordon Henry
Some different ways to start a prayer:
  • Heavenly Father, I approach You in Jesus’ Name to…
  • Father, I come to You through the name of Your Son Jesus to…..
An ending to the prayer might be:
  • Father, I thank You for the privilege to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name
The team at Time With Our Creator encourages you to try starting your prayers in Jesus’ Name for a little while; you might be blessed by it like this couple in Elton’s church was:
“We both feel like it [praying in Jesus’ Name at the beginning of the prayer] has radically changed our prayer lives. “In Jesus’ Name” is no longer a casual ending to a prayer, but a powerful way to approach the throne, making it clear to communicate with the Father. It does not feel right to do it any other way now.” ~Brett and Lori

Prayer Quotes to Think About #10


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“When you pray, use the prayer book (the Bible).” -R.F. Gates

“As water is to physical life, so prayer is to spiritual life. It’s not too much to say that prayer allows our spiritual life to exist. Without it we wither and crumble inside.” -E.M. Bounds

“Praying now about developing correct habits for walking with the Lord, eating, exercise, work, recreation, and fellowship will produce a big pay off later.” -Elton Streyle

“Prayer does not fit us for greater works, prayer is the greater work.” -Oswald Chambers

“No believer’s spiritual life will ever rise to stay above the level of his praying. You are what you are on your knees, nothing more. The effectiveness of a Christian’s life is gauged by his prayer life.” -J. Gordon Henry