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Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 18:53:18 -0800

"We have found no means so much blessed to keep religion alive
as FASTING and PRAYER." - Edward Payson

"It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray
correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must
patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer.
Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but
we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our
prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the
blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing. Those who
are disciples of the Lord Jesus should labor with all their might in
the work of God as if everything depended upon their own endeavors.
Yet, having done so, they should not in the least trust in their labor
and efforts, nor in the means that they use for the spread of the
truth, but in God alone; and they should with all earnestness seek
the blessing of God in persevering, patient, and believing prayer.
Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work
with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your
might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all
diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and
work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so
on, all the days of your life. The result will surely be abundant
blessing. Whether you see much fruit or little fruit, such kind of
service will be blessed." – George Muller

"To every toiling, heavy-laden sinner, Jesus says, ‘Come to me
and rest’. But there are many toiling, heavy-laden believers, too.
For them this same invitation is meant. Note well the words of
Jesus, if you are heavy-laden with your service, and do not
mistake it. It is not, ‘Go, labor on,’ as perhaps you imagine. On
the contrary, it is stop, turn back, ‘Come to me and rest.’ Never,
never did Christ send a heavy laden one to work; never, never did
He send a hungry one, a weary one, a sick or sorrowing one,
away on any service. For such the Bible only says, ‘Come, come,
come.’ – Hudson Taylor

"The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness."
 - John Wesley

"One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic
Church was the spirit of boldness. One of the most essential
qualities of faith that is to attempt great things for God and expect
great things from God, is holy audacity. Where we are dealing with
a supernatural Being, and taking from Him things that are humanly
impossible, it is easier to take much than little; it is easier to stand
in a place of audacious trust than in a place of cautious, timid
clinging to the shore. Likewise, seamen in the life of faith, let us
launch out into the deep, and find that all things are possible with
God, and all things are possible unto him that believeth."
 - A. B. Simpson

"Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God,
not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can
do. Expect unexpected things, ‘above all that we ask or think’.
Each time, before you Intercede, be quiet first, and worship God
in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear
the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and
privilege in Christ, and expect great things!" - Andrew Murray

"When we find anything promised in the Word of God, we are not
to neglect to seek it because it is promised: but we are to pray
for it on that very account. ‘Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for
this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will
increase them with men like a flock" (Ezek. 36:37). The promise
is absolute; but the time of its fulfillment depends upon the
prayers of His people." - B. T. Roberts

"The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we
expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own
hearts." - Richard Allelne

"Some years ago in China, at a meeting of missionaries and
Chinese pastors, one of the Chinese pastors made a striking
address. He said that he and his brethren were more than grateful
to those who brought them the word of life and the gospel of the
Lord Jesus Christ, but yet, he said, there was one thing more
which missionaries should teach their spiritual children. This new
thing was to pray with authority, so that they might know how to
take their stand in faith before the throne and rebuke the forces of
evil, holding steady and firm, and gain the victory over them. That
same need is tremendously evident today in the experiences of
all that are seeking to walk closely with the Lord, and to stand for
Him in the face of increasing opposition. Some have spoken of
this as ‘throne prayer’- praying with one's hand touching the
throne of God." - T. Stanley Soltau

"It is very much easier to work than to pray. Most of the
missionaries are earnest workers. But are we all that we should
be in the matter of prayer? Let us not suppose that just any sort
of praying will do for China. We must all wrestle with God. ‘I will
not let Thee go unless Thou bless China.’ It must come to this if
the conversion of the Chinese is ever to be an accomplished fact.
Such is my conviction. Let me remind you that the greatest
importunity is not incompatible with the profoundest submission
to the Divine will." - Griffith John

"It must be remembered that there is spiritual wickedness at the
back of all confusion and discord in the work of God. The servant
of Christ must, therefore, practically recognize that his warfare is
with these satanic beings and must be waged on his knees."
 - D. E. Hoste

"He who has no vision of ETERNITY will never get a true hold of
TIME." - T. Carlyle

"Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in
comparison with eternal realities." - Robert Murray M’Cheyne

"The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly
thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the
church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and
sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil
bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping
wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own
strength and forgets to watch and pray." - A. W. Tozer

"We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has
slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented
and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor
to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in
which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its
way into our prayer closets…" - Andrew Bonar

"Why is there so little forethought in the laying out of time and
employment, so as secure a large portion of each day for prayer?
Why is there so much speaking, yet so little prayer? Why Is there
so much running to and fro to meetings, conventions, fellowship
gatherings and yet so little time for prayer'? Brethren, why so
many meetings with our fellow men and so few meetings with
God?" - Andrew Bonar

"A godly man is a praying man. As soon as grace is poured in,
prayer is poured out. Prayer is the soul's traffic with Heaven; God
comes down to us by His Spirit, and we go up to Him by prayer."
 - Thomas Watson

"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not
fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is
praying for me." - Robert Murray M’Cheyne

"Men of prayer are men of faith; closet supplicants make faith’s
heroes." – The War Cry (1895)

"If I am concerned that my flock be men and women of prayer,
then, as their pastor, I must lead the way; apathy in me will
produce apathy in them. The church prayer meeting ought to be
the best attended in the week, and if it is, success will follow the
ministry of the Word at the weekends. I would rather a thousand
times set men and women to pray than teach them to preach."
 - J. D. Drysdale

"I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."
 - J. H. Jowett

"Oh, how few find time for prayer! There is time for everything else,
time to sleep and time to eat, time to read the newspaper and the
novel, time to visit friends, time for everything else under the sun,
but - no time for prayer, the most important of all things, the one
great essential!" -Oswald Smith