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7 Powerful Quotes on Prayer

I love to find quotes about various topics. Whether about the sunshine or about the Word of God, I love quotes! I have found over the years several quotes on prayer that I want to share with you.

I hope that you will enjoy these prayer quotes:

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

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

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie ten Boom

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – John Bunyan

“It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.” – Hudson Taylor

What are your favorite prayer quotes?

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A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

How many times have you been unsure about what to do with your life?

After finishing up high school, I didn’t know what to do. It was a time of testing for me. Was I willing to trust Yahweh with my future? Could I find a balance between making a decision and trusting in Him? I agonized over what I would do. I prayed, I researched, and I asked wise counselors.

Praying through unknown times and trusting Yahweh is not easy, but He has things in store that we could never imagine.

We can pray that Yahweh will open doors for us to use our passions for his glory.

A Prayer for Open Doors in Your Life

“Yahweh, may you guide my next step in life. May I fully trust in you for my future. Open doors that you see fit and shut doors that are not for me. Send me wise counselors who will help me to make wise decisions. May I trust you with my future and with the doors that you will open for me. Thank you for being my God and my King! May I glorify and honor you in all that I do. Amen!”

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How Storms Can Strengthen You

Back in 2014 a huge tornado swept through my community.

I remember it was very windy, and soon later after checking the news, I realized that my community would never be the same. Driving through parts of town brought tears to my eyes. This was a beautiful shaded drive, I thought more than once. Houses and businesses were gone. Praise the Lord that no one was seriously injured, just buildings and houses.

I was thinking the other day about the tornado and how my community bonded and worshiped the Lord through the storm.

It was a terrible situation, but Yahweh brought good from it.

Sometimes in our own lives we have storms.

Storms send us running into hiding. We want to hide from them and never experience them, but storms are what give us faith. Storms open our eyes to how Yahweh can work in our lives.

What storm is raging in your life?

Have you prayed to God about it? Let’s take some time, despite how hard the rain is pouring or how hard the wind is howling, to focus on the only One who can deliver.

With Him you can rest in the storm.

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

~Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns

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6 Tips to Pray More Consistently

I remember being a child and trying to move a bucket of moss and dirt from one end of the yard to the other. The bucket was heavy and I would drag it a few feet and then set it down. For a child, moving that bucket was hard work! I had one goal in mind, and that was to get the bucket from one end of the yard to the other. It took awhile, but I eventually hit my goal!

Praying for our loved ones and for those around us that are suffering is a heavy load. We shouldn’t lift them up just once. We should pursue prayer with one goal–to consistently lift them up to Yahweh. Maybe there is someone in your life that is not following Christ. Do you have the goal of praying for them everyday, throughout the day?

Here are some fun ideas to pray more consistently:

1) Look for Scripture passages that are encouraging or prayerful and write them on 3 x 5 cards. Keep the cards in your pocket, and throughout the day pull them out to read over and pray through.

2) Don’t waste the little times. Each time you have a few moments throughout the day, use that time to pray.

3) Ask your friends around you to send you an email or text reminder to pray.

4) Ask others to join you in prayer. Having a prayer support group is helpful in praying for a person or situation. You don’t have to be specific, but just send out a group text to others and say that you need some prayer. I don’t think any Christian would let you down in the prayer world.

5) Find something around the house that reminds you of the person you should be praying for or the situation you should be praying for. Right now in my life, I am praying about a situation that has to do with my family and grandmother. Every time I see something that is my grandmother’s around the house, I try to remember to pray for her.

6) Get on your knees and pour out your heart before Yahweh. Praying on your knees brings about a spirit of humility and is a physical reminder that we are coming before a mighty King.

Let’s pray with one goal in mind–to reach the throne room in heaven multiple times a day for our loved ones and those suffering.

In pursuing this goal, we will begin to have a new perspective on prayer.

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

There is an old song that I remember from childhood that goes like this:

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer;
Not my mother, not my father
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not my brother, not my sister
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.
Not the preacher, not the sinner
But it’s me, oh Lord
Standing in the need of prayer.

This song reminded me that sometimes it’s us that need prayer and not those around us.

In my own life, I get caught up in praying for others and forget that I need prayer myself. Of course, there is nothing wrong about praying for others, but we as followers of Christ need prayer for our own lives as well.

Today, as you stand in the need of prayer, remember that Yahweh loves you!

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Praying to Become a Berean

What is a Berean and why on earth would I want to become one?

Are these your thoughts after reading the title? I felt the same way years ago. Who are the Bereans? Well, they are some people mentioned in the book of Acts. They were known for searching the Scriptures daily to find out if what other believers were saying was true.

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. (Acts 17:10-12)

Searching the Scriptures like the Bereans should be one of our goals.

When we hear the Word from someone, are we looking to see if what they say is true? Wouldn’t you like to be known for searching the Scriptures daily to know the truth? The Bereans were faithful and received the Word of Yahweh gladly! This is what we should be doing each day. Are we receiving the Word of Yahweh gladly and with all readiness?

Here is a prayer to guide you as you seek to become a Berean:

Yahweh, may I be open to receiving your Word with gladness and all readiness. Open my eyes to see the truth of your Word. When others speak, may I check their words with your infallible Word. Remind me to search the Scriptures daily and to find the Truth. Don’t let me become caught up in something that is not in line with your Word. May I become like the Bereans and seek to follow you and read your Word each day. Amen.

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Warrior Wednesday

Warrior Wednesday: George Müller (1805-1898)

This is the first post in a new series we’re starting called “Warrior Wednesday.” With each post we’ll highlight a prayer warrior from history or present day, to inspire one another.

The children clamored to the table as they usually did.

Shouts were heard and smiles glistened across faces. George Müller sat at the head of the table, waiting for the children to arrive. As they came to the table, he saw their faces. Each child was expecting a meal and something to fill their tummies.

But that day, there was no food.

Nothing at all to choose from. No cereal, no fruit, no bread. Each child took their seat and looked over at Mr. Müller. He smiled back at them and waited for all the seats to be filled. As each child filed in, they began to realize that there was nothing on the table.

Once the room was full of hungry children, Mr. Müller folded his hands and began to pray.

His prayer for the meal filled the room. All the children bowed their heads in respect of Mr. Müller’s prayer. After not having food on the table, they were surprised to hear him thank the Lord for the food. What food was there to be thankful for?

As soon as Mr. Müller finished his prayer, a knock came at the door.

The children looked at Mr. Müller and watched him as he went to the door. There on the doorstep stood the milkman. His cart had broken down and his milk would spoil in the hot sun, so he wondered if Mr. Müller could use it. Of course! Mr. Müller could use that milk! What an answer to a prayer.

The story of Mr. Müller shows the power of Yahweh at work for us to see.

When we pray, we should have the faith of a child and know that Yahweh will work through the difficult times in our lives. What a blessing to have the example of Mr Müller set before us!

If you want to read more about George Müller, check out his autobiography here!

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10 Prayers for While You’re Waiting (+ printable)

Sometimes Yahweh places us in seasons of waiting, and it’s not easy.

I have childhood memories of waiting on my father to get home from trips. I would lay in bed wishing that he was home or that I was with him. Sometimes I would even stand at the door of our house waiting for him to arrive. When he finally returned, I would run outside and my father would pick me up and give me a big hug. Ah! My waiting was over.

As the years go by, we continue to wait for things.

Maybe you are waiting to hear from someone or waiting for a job to open up. I have waited on many answers to prayers. Waiting is hard and even causes the heart to long for and wish for things that may or may not ever come to fruition.

Waiting is something that people in the Bible had to do as well.

Waiting has been around since the beginning of time. Even before sin entered the world, Adam had to wait for Eve. Later, Abraham had to wait for Isaac. Moses had to wait eighty years before Yahweh used him to lead the Israelites. David had to wait to become king of Israel, Israel had to wait for the Messiah, and we are waiting for the return of the Messiah.

Here are some prayers that I hope will guide you through this season of your life.

Click for printable PDF:
10 Prayers for While You’re Waiting

 

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Where Are My Treasures?

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Recently my family has been cleaning out my Grandmother’s house. As I went through the attic and pulled out boxes and boxes of interesting items, I begin to think about treasures. These items were once someone’s treasures. Maybe someone’s mother made the dress I hold in my hands. I wonder if they cherished this dress for a certain reason. The person is no longer alive. The items were left in memoriam, and I am the one finding them.

This caused me to think of my treasures.

Are my treasures here on this earth or in heaven? Thinking about this brought reality. As Christians we should gather up our treasures in heaven and not here on earth.

Below is a prayer that I was encouraged to write after thinking about my treasures.

Where Are My Treasures?
(prayer inspired by Matthew 5:19-26)

Yahweh, remind me that my treasures are not here on this earth, but are with You in Heaven. May my heart be with You and not with my earthly treasures. Help me to follow You with my whole heart and to be filled with light. I don’t want to be full of darkness. Show me the difference, so that I can be aware of it. I want to follow You, Yahweh, and not anyone else. Open my eyes to see when I am following the world. May You teach me to serve You with all my heart. Help me to trust You and to not focus on the things that I may not have. Remind me that You do care about me. Thank You for being my Lord and Savior. Amen!

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Let’s Pray

Recently, I was talking with my mother about life.

We were discussing issues and other things concerning our family. I was frustrated about something that had happened recently. Between the two of us it had been a heated conversation. At one point I got very frustrated, and my mother looked at me and said, “Let’s pray.” I nodded my head and she began to pray. As she was praying, I started to think about prayer.  I am the one who blogs about prayer, and my mother is the one reminding me to pray. Sometimes it is hard to admit our weaknesses and struggles. I had to admit that I had failed in my prayer life, and that I was not perfect.

Next time you have hit a hard spot in your life and are not sure where to turn, remember to pray.

Prayer brings focus and clarity to life. Also, pray for Yahweh to place people in your life who will remind you to pray.

 

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