Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.
|| Martin LutherI had rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.
|| Thomas LyeIsrael prevailed with God in wrestling with Him, and therefore it is that he prevails with men also. If so be that we will wrestle with God for a blessing, and prevail with Him, then we need not to fear but we shall wrestle the enemies out of it also.
|| Alexander HendersonFurnish thyself with arguments from the promises to enforce thy pravers, and make them prevalent with God. The promises are the ground of faith, and faith, when strengthened, will make thee fervent, and such fervency ever speeds and returns with victory out of the field of prayer.... The mightier any is in the Word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.
|| William GurnallPrayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.
|| Arthur W. PinkPrayer is not intended to change God's purpose, nor is it to move Him to form fresh purposes. God has decreed that certain events shall come to pass through the means He has appointed for their accomplishment.
|| Arthur W. PinkPrayer is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.
|| Arthur W. PinkThe prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked. But this is a most dishonouring and degading conception. The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No, prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seemeth Him best.
|| Arthur W. PinkReal prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.
|| Arthur W. PinkPrayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.
|| Arthur W. PinkI have benefited by my praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them, I have gotten something for myself.
|| Samuel Rutherford