Here are a few of my favorite quotes that inspire and lead me to pray.
A few … I did say a few. Do you have any idea how difficult it was to shave down this list to only a few?
“Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, that I made so little use of the power of prayer.” – D. L. Moody
“Pray often; for it is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.” – John Bunyan
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. Activities are multiplied that prayer may be ousted, and organizations are increased that prayer may have no chance. The concern of the devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick
“As a man prays, so is he.” – A.W. Tozer
Now my two cents: “You are my God Who enables me to pray; Who urges me to pray; calls and draws me to Himself to pray; Who hears my prayer; delights in my prayer; and the God who answers my prayer. You, O’ God, are the beginning and the end of prayer.”
Two great definitions of prayer–one from Scripture, one a quote. Both from men who prayed to live and lived to pray:
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. Psalm 5:1–3 (NKJV)
You may not think of this as a definition of prayer, but chew on it for a long time. Study it with the intellect and the heart. Then pray it.
From the Puritan Pastor, John Bunyan:
“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God.”
What are yours?