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Prayer Quotes – A.W. Tozer

A.W. Tozer Quotes

  1. Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life, for all things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives.
  2. God wants to be loved for Himself, but that is only part. He also wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything.
  3. The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.
  4. [Intimacy w. God] can be such union as make miracles seem tame & [answers] appear short of wonderful in contrast.
  5. Every man is as holy as he really wants to be.
  6. Faith engages the person and promises of God and rests upon them with perfect assurance.
  7. Faith honors God by counting Him righteous and accepts His testimony against the very evidence of its own senses.
  8. Faith is at the root of all true worship, and without faith it is impossible to please God.
  9. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he is his deep heart conceives God to be like.
  10. God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible– what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.
  11. He must set his heart to conquer by prayer, and that will mean that he must first conquer his own flesh, for it is the flesh that hinders prayer always.
  12. I believe that God’s people have had it with cheap imitations…they long for the reality of God’s presence.
  13. I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.
  14. If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus…. He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.
  15. If men and women are not willing to assume a listening attitude, there will be no meeting with God in living, personal experience
  16. It is no sin to doubt some things, but it may be fatal to believe everything.
  17. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything.
  18. It is significant that the schools teach everything about preaching except the important part, praying.
  19. Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle.
  20. Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything.
  21. One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.
  22. Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble.
  23. The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.
  24. We forget that before the Redeemer could rise and sing among His brethren He must first bow His head and suffer among His brethren!
  25. Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man’s character.
  26. When I am praying the most eloquently, I am getting the least accomplished in my prayer life. But when I stop getting eloquent and give God less theology and shut up and just gaze upward and wait for God to speak to my heart He speaks with such power that I have to grab a pencil and a notebook and take notes on what God is saying to my heart.
  27. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.
  28. Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous.
  29. I think that some of the greatest prayer is prayer where you don’t say one single word or ask for anything.
  30. [Intimacy w. God] can be such union as make miracles seem tame & [answers] appear short of wonderful in contrast.
  31. Anyone can do the possible. Add courage & zeal, some may do the phenomenal. But only Christians are obliged to do the impossible.
  32. Do not let the devil rob you of the unique quality God has breathed into you.
  33. He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile.
  34. If you do all the talking when you pray, how will you ever hear God’s answers?
  35. It is possible that we can get so busy doing work ‘for’ the Lord that we have no time FOR the Lord.
  36. Real faith not only does something for us, but it also does something to us.
  37. Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to have a bright day without the sun.
  38. When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth

- A.W. Tozer
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5 Responses to “Prayer Quotes – A.W. Tozer”

  1. W. Stuart says:

    Where does the line in the sand get drawn for our decision to quote someone? How differently and on what issues would they have to differ before we crossed them off of our list?
    I’m aligned with A. W. Tozer on all main issues that concern our faith and practice, but I wonder how many who quote him realize how he believed on some key doctrines;
    1. Was a staunch anticessationist.
    2. Didn’t endorse nor believe in Eternal Security of the believer.
    3. Believed in a filling, an anointing of the Spirit, beyond the salvation sealing of God’s Spirit.

    Quoting has certainly become the norm, probably as a result of the access we have to so much info. Curious though, the “examples” we so often refer to, very seldom if ever made a practice of quoting others, but instead chose to prayerfully wait for, “what saith The Lord”.

    voice of a simple layman

    • I remember reading the Pursuit of God over 15 years ago now. This book encouraged my own times with the Lord and opened my eyes to the potential of walking with Jesus. I am not a Tozer expert, but I know he often encourages me.

      The point you are making is quite different. Can we support someone we don’t completely agree with? Or, how much do we have to agree in order to have fellowship? Or, there a point where we stop learning and growing in order to start teaching?

      The think we should pay more attention to what the Holy Spirit may be saying through others. First of all through other believers. While there may be things we disagree with Tozer, I think you’d admit he was a believer and had the Holy Spirit. Thus he had access to all the divine wisdom through that connection to the Spirit. This can be said the same for Billy Graham, Bill Bright, Mother Teresa, Rick Warren, John Piper, C.S. Lewis, Beth Moore, and so on and so on.

      Secondly, God also talks through non-believers. The dream about the famine the eventually saved the nation of Israel came through an Egyptian pagan. The high priest that wanted to kill Jesus spoke about how his death would save Israel. The point is not so much how easily we can get it wrong, but rather how much God wants to speak to us.

      I agree our primary focus should be what are we getting from God in our times with the Lord. However, God may chose the voice of someone else to be His voice to us. Moses’ step-father gave a very needed word to Moses when he was becoming over-extended in the wilderness.

      Hope this helps,
      Kevin

  2. Bill Stuart says:

    Kevin, I appreciate and understand what your saying. We searve a very creative Abba, and I would never seek to put Him in a box. Our enemy has honed his skill of deceiption and confussion, and to think he can’t or won’t exploit even this area, would be to underestimate him.
    As an example, a couple in a Baptist church starting seeing various quotes via FaceBook which originated from a ministry most feel has twisted some doctrine. Shortly into them being exposed to these quotes they ordered a stack of materials which has created confusion in their new walk with our Lord.
    As one who seeks to serve, I just feel that those of us who The Lord has helped mature, need to be sure the babes esp. are guarded against the wiles of the devil.

    bro B

    • Dear Bill,

      Thank you for continuing the conversation and giving more of your heart. It definitely makes us more sensitive when we see our loved ones walking a dangerous line. The enemy looks to deceive mainly on two areas: 1. to draw us away from God, and 2. to draw us away from others. We might not understand someone else’s interpretations of how to walk out their faith, but it does have to be like ours. I understand there is a need for those who determine theology, heck some of what I right could fall under this. However, I would hate to get so focused on right thinking that it pulls me away from what I am supposed to be known for: they will know we are His disciples by our love. I understand it is a fine line.

      Thanks,
      Kevin

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