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Prayer Quotes – A.W. Tozer

A.W. Tozer Quotes

  1. God answers our prayers not because we are good, but because He is good.
  2. [In our fast-paced life] we have no time for contemplation. We have no time to answer God when He calls.
  3. To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.
  4. Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.
  5. Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity.
  6. I think that some of the greatest prayer is prayer where you don’t say one single word or ask for anything.
  7. What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
    want constantly to be aware of Thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice.
  8. True prayer cannot be imitated nor can it be learned from someone else
  9. We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.
  10. Keep our hearts open to the inflowing Spirit and we will not become exhausted by the outflow.
  11. Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our accepting and willing are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God.
  12. Prayer at its holiest moment is the entering into God [where] miracles seem tame … by comparison.
  13. Prayer is always in danger of degenerating into a glorified gold rush. How to get things from God occupies most [books].
  14. We gladly admit we may receive gifts in prayer, but we never forget that the highest kind is never the making of requests.
  15. I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion…I want all that God has or I don’t want any.
  16. It is doubtful that God can use a man greatly until He hurts him deeply.
  17. God’s loving motive is to bring us into total harmony with Himself so moral power & holy usefulness become ours.
  18. Nothing is complete in itself but requires something outside itself in order to exist.
  19. I believe that is scarcely a failure [in sin] that cannot be traced finally to imperfect ignoble thoughts about God.
  20. Each day presents a new opportunity to experience God…this is a sacred expectation for us.
  21. God formed us for His pleasure…He meant for us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile.
  22. In place of reading the news this morning, couldn’t you get just a few thoughts of God while eating your grapefruit?
  23. We please God most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms.
  24. God cannot be persuaded to alter His Word nor talked into answering selfish prayer.
  25. To the soul that is athirst for God, nothing can be more delightful.
  26. That which is not God can never satiate the heart exclusively created for God’s presence.
  27. Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.
  28. Idolatry is simply worship directed in any direction but towards God, which is the epitome of blasphemy.
  29. We’re here to be worshippers first and workers only second. We take a convert and immediately make a worker out of him. God never meant it to be so. God meant that a convert should learn to be a worshipper, and after that he can learn to be a worker. The work done by a worshipper will have eternity in it. Labor that does not spring out of worship is futile and can only be wood, hay, and stubble in the day that shall try every man’s works.
  30. God is never impressed with what a man can do. He is more concerned with what a man is.
  31. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience
  32. There is more healing joy in five minutes of true worship than in five nights of revelry.
  33. The most dangerous trap is just living and forgetting that God exists.
  34. Acquaint thyself with God.
  35. And if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is. We’re too familiar with God.
  36. The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.
  37. When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith and armed with courage.
  38. Constantly practice the habit of gazing inwardly upon God.
  39. Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before.
  40. Wherever faith has eyes to see, there is a smiling presence of the Son of God.
  41. God is never partly anything.
  42. We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.
  43. The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.
  44. Any ability we possess are as nothing compared to what God has called us into as His children.
  45. No man gives anything acceptable to God until he has first given himself in love and sacrifice.
  46. We cannot worship God any way we wish; our worship must always conform to God’s pleasure.
  47. Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.
  48. Worship also means to express in some appropriate manner what you feel. And what will be expressed? A humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder. It is delightful to worship God, but it is also a humbling thing.
  49. God answers prayer for the same reason He saves people, goodness shown in grace.
  50. God’s looking for people through whom He can do the impossible; what a pity we plan only things we can do ourselves.
  51. An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
  52. Let God be true but every man a liar is the language of true faith.
  53. The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
  54. Why did Christ come? In order that He might make worshippers out of rebels.
  55. Dandelions will grow without cultivation, but love must be cultivated.
  56. The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart
  57. True and absolute freedom is only found in the presence of God.
  58. Without worship, we go about miserable.
  59. Worship means to feel in the heart. A person that merely goes through the form and does not feel anything is not worshipping.
  60. In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.
  61. Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.
  62. You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.
  63. An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one
  64. He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.
  65. Prayer is never the least we can do; it is always the most!
  66. The key to prayer is simply praying.
  67. True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.
  68. Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.
  69. Prayer is the most sacred occupation a person could engage in.
  70. The facts are that God is not silent, has never been silent. Its the nature of God to speak.
  71. God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever.
  72. It is the present Voice which makes the written Word all-powerful.
  73. When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.
  74. The outworking of that impulse [to pursue God] is our following hard after Him.
  75. The impulse to pursue God originates with God,
  76. I can offer no worship wholly pleasing to God if I know that I am harboring elements in my life that are displeasing to Him. {I cannot truly and joyfully worship God on Sunday and not worship Him on Monday.}
  77. To desire revival…and at the same time to neglect(personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another.
  78. David gazed on God until he was enraptured and that rapture he could not always contain.
  79. So when we sing, ‘Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
  80. To have found God and still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.
  81. Yes, worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.
  86. I believe that God’s people have had it with cheap imitations…they long for the reality of God’s presence.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?
  90. It is significant that the schools teach everything about preaching except the important part, praying.
  91. Let a man set his heart ONLY on doing the will of God and he is instantly free
  92. 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.
  93. No man should stand before an audience who has not first stood before God.
  94. As a man prays, so is he.
  95. 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.
  96. Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.
  97. See to it that we pray more than we preach and we will never preach ourselves out.
  98. The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
  99. The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
  100. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
  101. We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.
  102. The unembarrassed interchange of love between God and redeemed men is the throbbing heart of the NT.
  103. Sometimes I go to God and say, God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.
  104. Teach us, O God, that nothing is necessary to Thee. Were anything necessary to Thee that thing would be the measure of Thine imperfection: and how could we worship one who is imperfect? If nothing is necessary to Thee, then no one is necessary, and if no one, then not we. Thou dost seek us though Thou does not need us. We seek Thee because we need Thee, for in Thee we live and move and have our being. Amen.
  105. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
  106. The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do, it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.
  107. The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has not done deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.
  108. The problem of why God created the universe still troubles thinking men; but if we cannot know why, we can at least know that He did not bring His worlds into being to meet some unfulfilled need in Himself, as a man might build a house to shelter him against the winter cold or plant a field of corn to provide him with necessary food. The word ‘necessary’ is wholly foreign to God.
  109. To square the records, however, it should be said that if the Calvinist does not rise as high, he usually stays up longer. He places more emphasis on the Holy Scriptures which never change, while his opposite number (as the newspapers say) tends to judge his spiritual condition by the state of his feelings, which change constantly. This may be the reason that so many Calvinistic churches remain orthodox for centuries, at least in doctrine, while many churches of the Armenian persuasion often go liberal in one generation.
  110. To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but He has no Necessary relation to anything outside of Himself. His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in himself.
A.W. Tozer
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