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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. Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Get a place for prayer where no one imagines that that is what you are doing. Shut the door and talk to God.
  6. 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.
  7. It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.
  8. 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.
  9. God answers prayer on the ground of Redemption and on no other ground.
  10. 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.
  11. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint.
  12. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.
  13. Our true character comes out in the way we pray.
  14. Our Lord prayed because He was concentrated on God; that is, He did not worship prayer.
  15. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.
  16. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.
  17. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.
  18. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.
  19. 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.
  20. Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid.
  21. Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.
  22. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.
  23. You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption.
  24. Our understanding of God is the answer to prayer.
  25. Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.
  26. Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
  27. If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God.
  28. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.
  29. The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.
  30. We are not here to prove God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God’s grace.
  31. 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.
  32. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.

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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

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      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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