Prayer Sermon Illustrations

Prayer Sermon Illustrations

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Speaking of Prayer

I give herewith what some great people have spoken or have written about prayer - the greatest power we have on earth and often the least used.

Jesus said: "Pray ye."

James wrote: "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

Dr. Ravenhill: "Preaching affects men; prayer affects God. The pastor who is not a praying pastor is a playing pastor. The congregation which is not a praying congregation is a straying congregation. To be much for God we must be much with God."

Hugh Miller: "Prayer is so mighty an instrument that no one ever thoroughly masters all the keys. They sweep along the infinite scale of man's wants and God's goodness."

Sidlow Baxter: "Men may spurn our appeals, reject our mes­sage, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers."

Dr. J. H. Jowett: "I'd rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."

Dr. R. A. Torrey: "Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies beyond the will of God. Prayer can do anything, prayer is omnipotent."

Martin Luther: "I am so busy now that if I did not spend three hours each day in prayer, I could not get through the day."

John Wesley: "I have resolved to devote an hour each morning, noon, and evening to prayer—no pretense, no excuse whatsoever."

This reminds us of what David said: "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice" (Psalm 55:17).

Dr. Arthur T. Pierson: "Every step in the progress of our missionary enterprises is directly traceable to prayer."

William Goodell: "Whoever prays most, helps most."

Eugene Stock: "He who faithfully prays at home does as much for foreign missions as the man on the field, for the nearest way to the heart of a Hindu or Chinaman is by the way of the throne of God."

Adoniram Judson: "I never prayed sincerely for anything but it came, at sometime—no matter at how distant a day, some­how in some shape it came."

Andrew Murray: "In relation to his people, God works only in answer to their prayer. In prayer we change our natural strength for the supernatural strength of God."

Stanley Jones: "We ask—and God does the work."

Joseph Neesima: "Let us advance upon our knees."

Dwight Moody: "Christ's soldiers fight best on their knees."

Henry Drumrnond: "Ten minutes spent in Christ's society every day—aye, ten minutes, if it is face to face and heart to heart, will make the whole life different."

Henry M. Stanley: "On all my expeditions prayer made me stronger, morally and mentally, than any of my non-praying companions. Prayer lifted me hopefully over the fifteen hun­dred miles of forest trails."

Lord Tennyson: "Prayer is like opening a sluice gate between the great ocean and our little channel, when the sea gathers itself together and flows in at full tide."

Robert Speer: "Communion without service is a dream; serv­ice without communion is ashes."

Evans Roberts: "Secret intercessions make it possible for public laborers to do their work and win. They do as much for the Lord's cause who intercede like Moses on the mount, as they do who fight like Joshua in the thick of the battle. Prayer based on God's Word is the only weapon man can use to touch the invisible foe."

Courtland Meyers: "God's greatest agency for winning men to himself is the prayers of other men. How few ever enter into the positive, practical power of prayer.  It is the mightiest force in the universe, and the Christian world is blind to this
fact."

Sam Chadwick: "The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil. He mocks at our wisdom. But he trembles when we pray." Billy Sunday: "If some people looked at their watches when they started praying and when they ceased praying, they would think their watches had stopped."

Dr. A. C. Dixon; "When we depend upon organization, we get what organization can do—and that is something. When we depend upon our preaching, we get what our preaching can do—that is something. When we depend upon money—we get what money can do — and that is something. When we depend upon education, we get what education can do—and that is something. But when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do. And what all of us need is what God can do."

Charles Spurgeon: "Prayer is the remedy that will cure all ills. Prayer is a sword that will cut the Gordian Knot. Prayer is the key that fits every lock in the sinner's house of horrors and in the Christian's hours of sorrows."

Augustine: "How can He grant you what you do not desire to receive?"

Thomas Guthrie: "Prayer flies where the eagle never flew."

J. A. Wallace: "Prayer moves the hand which moves the world."

Quarles: "God's pleasure is at the end of our prayers."

Melanchton: "Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble."

Rowland Hill: "Prayer is the breath of the new-born soul, and there can be no Christian life without it."

Washington Irving: "It lightens the stroke to draw near to Him who handles the rod."

Hosea Ballou: "Embark on no enterprise which you can not submit to the test of prayer."

Ben Johnson: "Affliction teaclieth a wicked person some time to pray; prosperity, never."

James Martineau: "Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language or music without atmosphere."

Cecil: "A Christian will find his parenthesis for prayer, even through his busiest hours."

R. M. Offered: "Expect an answer. If no answer is desired, why pray? True prayer has in it a strong element of expectancy."

Unknown; "If you would build a wall of protection about your boy, build it with prayer."

Binney: "Every praying Christian will find that there is no Gethsemane without its Angel."

Jesus, wisest of all, said: "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1).

Jesus, who, on one occasion, "went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God" (Luke 6:12), said: "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2).

Peter said: "Watch unto prayer" (I Peter 4:7).

Paul wrote: "Pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17).

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