Prayer & Mission Quotation Archives

No man can look with undivided vision at God and at the world of reality so long as God and the world are torn asunder. Try as he may, he can only let his eyes wander distractedly from one to the other. But there is a place at which God and the cosmic reality are reconciled, a place at which God and man have become one. That and that alone is what enables man to set his eyes upon God and the world at the same time. This place does not lie somewhere out beyond reality in the realm of ideas. It lies in the midst of history as a divine miracle. It lies in Jesus Christ, the reconciler of the world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945),  Ethics

[The prayer closet] is the battlefield of the Church; its citadel; the scene of heroic and unearthly conflicts. The closet is the base of supplies for the Christian and the Church. Cut off from it there is nothing left but retreat and disaster. The energy for work, the mastery over self, the deliverance from fear, all spiritual results and graces, are much advanced by prayer.

E. M. Bounds (1835-1913),  Purpose in Prayer, New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1920, p. 52

May the Spirit of God help you to give of yourself as recklessly for the cause of Christ throughout the whole world as God “recklessly” gave His Son, Jesus Christ.

Robert Pierce (1914-1978)

Without prayer, even though there may be increased interest in missions, more work for them, better success in organization and greater finances, the real growth of the spiritual life and of the love of Christ in the people may be very small.

Andrew Murray (1828-1917),  Key to the Missionary Problem, 145

If the Church is “in Christ,” she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence.

David Bosch

The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.

Henry Martyn

I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.

John Keith Falconer

[I envision] that God will take out of the Lutheran church a large number of men and women as missionaries to bring his gospel to the great unoccupied areas of the world.

Ernest Weinhardt

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.

George Herbert (1593 – 1633)

A drop of the martyrs blood issues in the growth of the church.

Charles Lindquist

The one great fear which is a holy fear is, I think, lest you make your adventure too small, too easy, too self-full, too mediocre. Christianity fails because people will keep on the surface too much, they will not go down to face these deep inner obediences; and that is ultimately to be beaten by themselves.

We talk big and play so small. And the world has found it out–the great bulk have discarded Christianity as the way of Hope and put their hope in other things.

Florence Allshorn (1887-1950),  The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 26

It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God’s voice to us; we linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us; we lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him.

William Barclay (1907-1978),  The Plain Man's Book of Prayers [1959], Introduction

Christ had given the apostles a world-wide commission, embracing all the nations; but intellectually they did not understand what He meant. They found that out as they followed the impulse of the Spirit.

Roland Allen (1869-1947),  Pentecost and the World [1917]

Instead of always being one of the chief bastions of the social status quo, the Church is to develop a Christian counter-culture with its own distinctive goals, values, standards, and lifestyle — a realistic alternative to the contemporary technocracy which is marked by bondage, materialism, self-centeredness, and greed. Christ”s call to obedience is a call to be different, not conformist. Such a Church — joyful, obedient, loving, and free — will do more than please God: it will attract the world. It is when the Church evidently is the Church, and is living a supernatural life of love by the power of the Holy Spirit, that the world will believe.

John Stott (b.1921),  Obeying Christ in a Changing World

If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.

Nina Gunter

Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.

A.B. Simpson

The Church exists by mission as fire exists by burning. Without mission there is really no Church.

Emil Brunner (1889-1966),  The Word and the World, London: SCM Press, 1931, p. 11

Prayer is the vision of the believer. It gives eyes to our faith.

Pr. Ferdi Warwick

We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with…. Oh that God would make us dangerous!

Jim Elliot (1926-1952)

God does not lead all His servants by one road, nor in one way, nor at one time; for God is in all things; and that man is not serving God aright, who can only serve Him in his own self-chosen way.

John Tauler (c. 1300-1361),  Sermons

Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.

Charles H. Brent (1862-1929)

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The primary object of prayer is to know God better; we and our needs should come second.

Florence Allshorn (1887-1950),  Notebooks [1957]

The Living God alone can make us living men; the mighty God alone can make us mighty men; the loving God alone can make us consecrated men.

P.T. Forsyth (1848-1921),  Manuscript Addresses to Students

I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.

Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

This is our Lord’s will, … that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large. For if we do not trust as much as we pray, we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer; and also we hinder and hurt ourselves. The reason is that we do not know truly that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth; nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love. If we knew this, it would make us trust to have of our Lord’s gifts all that we desire. For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity, without mercy and grace being given to him first.

Juliana of Norwich (c.1342-1417),  Revelations of Divine Love