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Prayer Quotes – Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers Quotes

  1. Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.
  2. Our Lord did not say it was wrong to pray in the corners of the street, but He did say it was wrong to have the motive to be seen of men.
  3. Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.
  4. The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.
  5. Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit.
  6. Get a place for prayer where no one imagines that that is what you are doing. Shut the door and talk to God.
  7. It will be a wonderful moment for some of us when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamoured for in early days and imagined were never answered, have been answered in the most amazing way, and that God’s silence has been the sign of the answer. If we always want to be able to point to something and say, This is the way God answered my prayer, God cannot trust us yet with His silence.
  8. Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.
  9. It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.
  10. It takes a tremendous amount of reiteration on God’s part before we understand what prayer is. We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.
  11. Learn to be vicarious in public prayer. Allow two rivers to come through you: the river of God, and the river of human interests. Beware of the danger of preaching in prayer, of being doctrinal.
  12. God answers prayer on the ground of Redemption and on no other ground.
  13. Prayer is not getting things from God, that is the most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God; I tell Him what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does.
  14. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint.
  15. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.
  16. Our true character comes out in the way we pray.
  17. Our Lord prayed because He was concentrated on God; that is, He did not worship prayer.
  18. Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?….Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray.
  19. I am perfectly confident that the man who does not spend hours alone with God will never know the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The world must be left outside until God alone fills the vision…God has promised to answer prayer. It is not that He is unwilling, for the fact is, He is more willing to give than we are to receive. But the trouble is, we are not ready…
  20. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.
  21. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.
  22. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.
  23. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.
  24. In times of declension we are inclined to place the need of prayer instead of penitent approach to God in the fore front.
  25. Inarticulate prayer, the impulsive prayer that looks so futile, is the thing God always heeds. The habit of ejaculatory prayer ought to be the persistent habit of each one of us.
  26. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
  27. By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from other lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them. No wonder Jesus put such tremendous emphasis on prayer.
  28. Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid.
  29. A most beneficial exercise in secret prayer before the Father is to write things down exactly so I see exactly what I think and want to say. Only those who have tried these ways know the ineffable benefit of such strenuous times in secret.
  30. Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails, God says so. The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption sets the connection working and God gives life.
  31. It is not wrong to pray in the early morning, but it is wrong to have the motive that it should be known.
  32. If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself.
  33. Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.
  34. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.
  35. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.
  36. Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray.
  37. Worshiping God is the great essential of fitness. If you have not been worshiping…when you get to work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.
  38. You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption.
  39. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life is he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer… Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished.
  40. Our understanding of God is the answer to prayer.
  41. Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.
  42. Don’t forget to pray today because God didn’t forget to wake you up.
  43. Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
  44. If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God.
  45. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.
  46. The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.
  47. We are not here to prove God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God’s grace.
  48. What hinders me from hearing is that I am taking up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place.
  49. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.
  50. Your god may be your little Christian habit – the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes. We say, “I can’t do that right now; this is my time alone with God.” No, this is your time alone with your habit.

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3 Responses to “Prayer Quotes – Oswald Chambers”

  1. Green Abigail says:

    Please I need a good explanation of number 33 of this quotes
    -prayer does not fit us for the greater works, prayer is the greater works

    • Dear Green,

      This comes from Oswald Chambers’ October 17th entry for My Utmost for His Highest. I will include it here, so you can have his explanation of the quote. Blessings, Kevin


      And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. — John 14:12

      Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a commonsense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God’s work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God. The way fruit remains is by prayer, but remember it is prayer based on the agony of Redemption, not on my agony. Only a child gets prayer answered; a wise man does not.

      Prayer is the battle; it is a matter of indifference where you are. Whichever way God engineers circumstances, the duty is to pray. Never allow the thought — “I am of no use where I am”; because you certainly can be of no use where you are not. Wherever God has dumped you down in circumstances, pray to Him all the time. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” We won’t pray unless we get thrills, that is the intensest form of spiritual selfishness. We have to labour along the line of God’s direction, and He says pray. “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.”

      There is nothing thrilling about a labouring man’s work, but it is the labouring man who makes the conceptions of the genius possible; and it is the labouring saint who makes the conceptions of his Master possible. You labour at prayer and results happen all the time from His standpoint. What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.


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