Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #1 --- Prayer
Quotations on Prayer
Prayer is the greatest privilege a child of God has. It is the means of becoming acquainted with God as friend with friend, and child with father.
---Edward L. Millican, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 1, 1917.
Prayer is not a method of using God, rather is prayer a means of reporting for duty to God.
—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 30, 1957.
All real prayer is preceded by sacrifice.
---Ernest Orlando Sellers, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Feb. 25, 1915.
Little praying means little power to work for God.
---Daniel H. Tuttle, The Progressive Farmer, Winston, N.C., July 6, 1897.
The essence of prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God. To pray it does not require a motion of the lips, but some prayers are vocal prayers, and when a vocal prayer is prescribed the words must be articulated with the lips.
---Thomas L. Keany, The Guardian, Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 26, 1945.
Pray for the presence of the Lord, and recognize that it is the only possible way by which the soul can be kept walking obediently in His commandments. Seek daily help from God as the matter shall require. Let the glory of God be the chief desire in prayer.
---H.W. George, The Christian Alliance and Missionary Weekly, New York, N.Y., Nov. 22, 1889.
Prayer should be a lifting of the soul to the fulfilling of God’s will and His purpose in the gift of Christ to the world He loved.
---William E. Gilroy, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Feb. 6, 1954.
I can prevail in prayer only insofar as I am loyal to God as my King. I can prevail only as I am pasturing in the provisions of my Shepherd and am content. If I am discontent, disobedient, fretful and rebellious, I cannot prevail in prayer.
---George Campbell Morgan, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., March 26, 1902.
Properly speaking, prayer is not a task but a living attitude. To importune the Lord periodically, without keeping one’s acquaintance with Him otherwise alive, is a species of ingenuous effrontery.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 22, 1931.
Prayers are merely punctuation of our living aspiration.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 13, 1949.
Sincere prayer should imply a willingness to cooperate with God.
‑‑‑Hugh B. Brown, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 15, 1947.
Persistency in prayer is one secret of consistency in practice.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., Nov. 23, 1904.
True prayer is more likely to transform our wills than to change God’s.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Jasper Weekly Courier, Jasper, Ind., March 26, 1904.
Prayer secures the divine endorsements to the checks of faith.
---Elijah Powell Brown, The Star, Reynoldsville, Pa., April 4, 1900.
Prayer is to the spiritual world what gravitation is to the physical world: it holds it together.
---R.C. Bell, The Bison, Searcy, Ark., April 6, 1943.
The best answer to prayer is in God’s coming to us and revising our plans for higher use.
---W.F. Nichols, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 22, 1898.
If we would commune with God of all that is in our hearts, if we would open every secret door and ask the dear Master to control and cleanse and bless, how happy we might be! I am much impressed by the fact that few people grasp the idea of prayer. Looking up into God’s face ought to be the way with all of us when we pray. It is not the words we utter, nor is it the request we make, but our prayer is created by the relationship between our souls and the loving Father. Communion and fellowship are the more perfect words to describe the ideal association between the human and the Divine.
---Floyd W. Tomkins, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Aug. 22, 1915.
Prayer enlarges the horizon of the soul. As we pray we naturally widen the circle of our interests and of our sympathies.
‑‑‑Bryan W. Collier, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 8, 1918.
“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” is the prayer that flows spontaneously from the heart of every man and woman who has risen above the low plane of policy and who is traveling upon the high way of principle and loyalty to Almighty God.
---J.H. Allen, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Nov. 16, 1913.
The Christian will find his parenthesis for prayer in the busiest hours of life.
---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 17, 1936.
The spirit of prayer gives us consolation from our Heavenly Father.
---Marriner W. Merrill, Logan Republican, Logan, Utah, May 3, 1905.
Every moment spent in prayer—not saying one’s prayer, but in actual prayer—is a moment spent in rekindling or adding fuel to the fire of God within the soul.
---Charles Oscar Beckman, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Aug. 15, 1910.
Prayer for divine guidance should be made when we know what we ought to do as well as when we are in doubt concerning what we ought to do.
---Henry P. Bond, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 22, 1915.
The truest prayers are simple silence. To feel God is to pray. Prayer is the orientation of life; finding God, as sailors find a star. Littleness is selfhood; greatness consists in being a vessel for the infinite. Our soul disease is impotence. No man ever had enough vitality, enough passion. Our passion trails its flower in the slime, not because it grows too strong, but because it has not enough vigor to raise its bloom toward Heaven.
---Frank Crane, The Free Press, Montour Falls, N.Y., Dec. 17, 1908.
Prayer is both a privilege and a responsibility; it is not only a delightful communion, but an exalted stewardship.
---Henry Van Valkenburgh, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Jan. 10, 1920.
There must be prayer; not as an episode or incident, but as an attitude of the soul—a constant inward movement toward God; a conscious desire for Him and His will in all things; with this and these there must be daily growth in grace and strength.
---C.C. Woods, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 21, 1905.
The foundation upon which all real prayer rests is covenant relationship. Its object is God’s exaltation.
---Perry Braxton Fitzwater, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Jan. 5, 1922.
God has provided a most potential spiritual force by which man can overmaster forces that cannot be conquered by any other agency. It is an agency so all-prevailing that Omnipotence Himself bends to its might and yields to its demands. It is a more powerful peace producer than all the armies of the earth. This great agent is prayer. It is a revolutionary act to pray. The act is not on consonance with the natural trend of man’s nature. The man who prays is in revolt against the sin within him. There are two kinds of prayer. One which is called prayer is simply the product of pride, self-righteousness, presumption and folly. Real prayer is a birth. It is the travail of the soul in expelling self-pride and boasting of good works.
---E.L. Allen, Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 6, 1894.
If we were to put more earnestness into our prayers God would put more power into our lives.
---William T. Ellis, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N.Y., Feb. 5, 1916.
If we are faithful and use prayer as a preventive we will not have to depend upon it so much as a remedy.
-‑‑J.H. Funderburg, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., July 23, 1938.
Prayer is the universal instinct of humanity.
‑‑‑Robert E. Goodrich, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Jan. 14, 1924.
Prayer is the soul’s shield.
---John Grant Newman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., April 24, 1926.
Prayer is not an attempt to make a “bargain” with God.
---John Grant Newman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., July 12, 1930.
Prayer opens the soul and makes it receptive to the influences of God. When you neglect prayer you shut God out. The man or the woman whose soul is open is most receptive to the influences of God.
---Billy Sunday, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 1918.
Prayer is the ladder by which we hold communion with God; on it our faith ascends to God in heaven; and God’s fatherly grace descends to us on earth.
---John Peter Janett, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., July 22, 1926.
The reason so few people make prayer work is because they never pray except in an emergency.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 4, 1930.
Too many people pray for miracles rather than the strength to work miracles.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 27, 1932.
Prayer is the universal privilege.
—H.W. Lewis, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 11, 1918.
Prayer is the Christian's greatest talent.
—James Alexander McClure, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 7, 1927.
Prayer is an anchor for living. What it does for us does not count so much as what it does to us.
—Clifford Harbour, McNairy County Independent, Selmer, Tenn., Jan. 22, 1960.
Let your first good morning be to your Heavenly Father.
—Karl G. Maeser, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, July 16, 1908.
Praying is not a chore but an honor.
—Roger Haderlie, Reaper, Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 4, 1967.
Prayer is the request to God that is made in the light of the redeeming work of His Son. ... Prayer is a request to God that we ourselves be brought more fully into the scheme of God's will. We must ask God what we should pray for as He would have us do. We must ask God to bring about what He wants. We must ask God to help us want what He wants. We must ask God to help us remember our Lord Christ.
—Richard R. Caemmerer, Lutheran Witness Reporter, St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 4, 1966.
We often find it hard to get from God what we want because we do not want the best. That is why our prayers are not always answered. God, on the other hand, finds it hard to give, because He would give the best and few of us want it.
—Fulton J. Sheen, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., June 14, 1957.
Prayer is the connecting link between your soul and God. Prayer is the breath of the soul. Prayer is the vitality of soul life. Prayer is the finite touching infinite. Prayer is inspirational. When you pray God becomes more than a friend.
—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Aug. 17, 1928.
Prayer is the golden chain that binds us voluntarily and indissolubly with the Father, giving us strength where otherwise we would faint beneath the burdens of the everyday routine.
—Louie D. Newton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 26, 1936.
Prayer is heaven's wireless by which the Christian soldier keeps in touch with his Commander-in-chief.
—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1936.
The highest creative function of any Christian is to pray for others.
—George W. Truett, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Feb. 28, 1932.
Effective prayer comes from the roof of the heart, not the roof of the mouth.
—William Henry Bucklew, The Starkville News, Starkville, Miss., Sept. 17, 1948.
In your praying, what is the proportion of thankfulness to God for what He has done for you, to requests for Him to do more?
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 2, 1902.
Prayer is the outstanding lighthouse on the shores of time and eternity.
—George Elliott, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Nov. 27, 1919.
Prayer is not an interruption of God's Providence; true prayer is an express recognition of God's Providence.
—Damian L. Cummins, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 25, 1935.
Prayer is creative thought raised to its highest power.
—Jacob Coopman, Cumorah's Southern Messenger, Mowbray, South Africa, October 1959.
Prayer is not rationed.
—Thomas Martin Kennerly, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 7, 1944.
Some people pray for blessings which the Lord can't grant because their hearts are too small to hold them.
—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 10, 1925.
Prayer is the means whereby God pours through us into other lives the blessings that He waits to bestow upon them.
—Donald W. Morgan, The Daily Iberian, New Iberia, La., Sept. 28, 1991.
Prayer keeps the window of your consciousness clean, so that spiritual light can come in and enable us to be uplifted ourselves and so be better able to help others.
—Paul Stark Seeley, Amarillo Times, Amarillo, Texas, Nov. 15, 1948.
Knee work is a guarantee of heaven.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 21, 1927.
We have a notion that the prayer of a little child, said in simple faith, comes close to holding the altitude record.
—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., May 1, 1939.
Prayer is loving gratitude, opening the heart to let in the sunlight of God's Spirit.
—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 3, 1934.
Prayer is the great resource of strength. Far from prayer being an effort to free ourselves from our proper responsibilities, it is looking for that help which will enable us to meet them. Prayer is therefore the great clearing house of the soul. It is a devout approach to the Author of all things. It is an ascending to the heights of vision, where the air is pure and the sky clear and directions are more plain.
—N.D. Bigelow, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 1, 1921.
The prayer that rises in the heart always works a way out to the feet and to the fingers.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 25, 1909.