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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:08:20 -0800

“How we have prayed for a Revival - we did not care whether it
was old-fashioned or not - what we asked for was that it should be
such that would cleanse and revive His children and set them on
fire to win others.” - Mary Warburton Booth

"The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for
something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him,
and living with Him in perpetual communion. Prayer is continual
abandonment to God. Prayer does not mean asking God for all
kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the
only Giver of Life, Prayer is not asking, but union with God. Prayer
is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of
our lives. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source
of all life. The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for
blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings,
and in living a life of fellowship with Him." - Sadhu Sundar Singh

"The Word of God represents all the possibilities of God as at the
disposal of true prayer." -A. T. Pierson

"What a man is on his knees before God in secret, that will he be
before men: that much and no more." -Fred Mitchell

"Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you
may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without
asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is." -C. H. Spurgeon

"Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all
personal godliness." -William Carey

"The energies of the universe, nay, of God Himself, are at the
disposal of those who pray - to the man who stirreth up himself to
take hold of God." –- Samuel Zwemer

"There is absolutely no substitute for this secret communion with
God. The public Church services, or even the family altar, cannot
take the place of the 'closet' prayer. We must deliberately seek to
meet with God absolutely alone, and to secure such aloneness
with God we are bidden to 'enter into thy closet.' God absolutely
insists on this 'closet'-communion with Himself. One reason, no
doubt, that He demands it, is to test our sincerity. There is no test
for the soul like solitude. Do you shrink from solitude? Perhaps
the cause for your neglect of the 'closet' is a guilty conscience?
You are afraid to enter into the solitude. You know that however
cheerful you appear to be you are not really happy. You surround
yourself with company lest, being alone, truth should invade your
delusion…" – Gordon Cove

"Revival, as contrasted with a Holy Ghost atmosphere is a clean-
cut breakthrough of the Spirit, a sweep of Holy Ghost power,
bending the hearts of hardened sinners as the wheat before the
wind, breaking up the fountains of the great deep, sweeping the
whole range of the emotions, as the master hand moves across
the harp strings, from the tears and cries of the penitent to the
holy laughter and triumphant joy of the cleansed." – Norman Grubb

"Prayer meetings are dead affairs when they are merely asking
sessions; there is adventure, hope and life when they are believing
sessions, and the faith is corporately, practically and deliberately
affirmed." – Norman Grubb

"I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God.
The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff
and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack
of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.
Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of
Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with
many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain." – A. W. Tozer

"Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to
the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of
one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another
standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred
worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ,
are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were
they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from
God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when
private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its
members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when
the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life."
– A. W. Tozer

"It is morally impossible to exercise trust in God while there is
failure to wait upon Him for guidance and direction. The man who
does not learn to wait upon the Lord and have his thoughts molded
by Him will never possess that steady purpose and calm trust,
which is essential to the exercise of wise influence upon others, in
times of crisis and difficulty." - D. E. Hoste

"I find it a good thing to fast. I do not lay down rules for anyone in
this matter, but I know it has been a good thing for me to go
without meals to get time for prayer. So many say they have not
sufficient time to pray. We think nothing of spending an hour or
two in taking our meals." - D. E. Hoste

"Should it not be recognized that the practice of prayer and
intercession needs to be taught to young believers, or rather
developed in young believers, quite as much, if not more so than
other branches of the curriculum? Unless, however, we ourselves
are, through constant persevering practice, truly alive unto God in
this holy warfare, we shall be ineffective in influencing others. I am
quite sure the rule holds that the more we pray the more we want
to pray; the converse also being true." - D. E. Hoste

"I should like to allude to a few points in the character of Mr.
Hudson Taylor which impressed me personally, and which I think
had something to do with the blessing that God granted to his
efforts on behalf of this country (China). First his prayerfulness; he
was of necessity a busy man, but he always regarded prayer itself
as in reality the most needful and important part of the work.."
- D. E. Hoste

"Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D. L. Moody, I wish to
testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher.
Time and time again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed
insurmountable, but he always knew the way to overcome all
difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed
to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths
of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord, and that prayer
could do anything that God could do. " – R. A. Torrey.

"All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer,
and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by
persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet." – Samuel Logan Brengle