Prayer—secret, fervent, believing prayer—lies at the root of all personal godliness.
—William Carey (1761–1834), English missionary
Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.
—E.M. Bounds (1835–1913), American minister and author
You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.
—A.J. Gordon (1836–1895), American writer and composer
No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.
—Guy H. King (1885–1956), English clergyman and author
There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, “May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence.”
—O. Hallesby (1879–1961), Norwegian theologian
Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My kingdom go.”
—Alan Redpath (1907–1989), British evangelist and author