34 Prayer Quotes to Uplift and Encourage Your Prayer Life

34 Prayer Quotes to Uplift and Encourage Your Prayer Life

Scripture teaches that prayer is vital to the deepening of our relationship with God, and an important spiritual practice. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus to, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).

Prayer is how people talk to God, hear from God, and spend time with God. Through prayer, we can experience God in powerful ways. Yet establishing a good prayer routine can be a challenge for many Christians who desire to put God first. Here are 34 prayer quotes to encourage your prayer life.

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Quotes about the Power of Prayer

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“We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer.” – Billy Graham

“Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.” – Mother Teresa

“We all need God's power in our lives, and prayer is the dynamic that releases His power, sometimes in dramatic ways.” – Joyce Meyer

“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and to all his ploys against you.” – Priscilla Shirer

“You don't even have to be the one praying, but if you get around somebody who really knows how to pray - prayer will lift you when you've fallen, prayer will catch you when you've lost your grip, prayer will stop you from going overboard, prayer will bring you out!” – T.D. Jakes

Quotes to Remind You God Is Always Listening

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Remember that you can pray any time, anywhere. Washing dishes, digging ditches, working in the office, in the shop, on the athletic field, even in prison - you can pray and know God hears!” – Billy Graham

“Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we're invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence.” – Anne Lamott

“When you pray, your prayers are heard by the same God who answered Moses’ prayers for water in the desert, the God who gave Abraham and his barren wife a son, and the God who made the slave Joseph second in power only to Pharaoh.” – Francis Chang

“We don't need to pray to prove that we're properly pious or really serious. Instead, we pray because we are completely assured, and because the Father hears our prayers because they come to Him through the lips of His dear Son.” – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

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Quotes about the Habit of Prayer

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"If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled." - Cynthia Lewis

"True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice." - Billy Graham

“That is why daily prayers and religious reading and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.” – C.S. Lewis

“What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!” – St. Augustine

“Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.” – Anne Lamott

Quotes about How Prayer Is Our Connection to God

"True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that - it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth." - Charles Spurgeon

“Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” – Billy Graham

“Prayer is such a basic foundation of a Christian's relationship with God. It's how we communicate and fellowship with Him. But a surprising number of people, young and old, new and even long-time Christians, say they're not satisfied with their prayer life.” – Joyce Meyer

“We often think of prayer as a means to an end. Prayer is the goal.” – Francis Chan 

“A pair of hands clasped in earnest prayer is the best means we have this side of heaven to hang onto Jesus for dear life.” – Beth Moore

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Quotes about Prayer to Trust God

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“Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God.” – Mother Teresa

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

“God loves it when His children pray big, bold prayers. Don't be afraid to ask your Father for anything!” – Christine Caine

“Prayer guards our hearts and minds and causes God to bring peace out of chaos.” – Beth Moore

Quotes about Prayer in Spiritual Battle

“People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive.” – Mother Teresa

“Intercessory prayer is an act of communion with Christ, for Jesus pleads for the sons of men.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The simple power of prayer can save us all kinds of time and trouble if we will ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in our relationships.” – Joyce Meyer

“We pray because our own solutions don’t work and because prayer deploys, activates, and fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. We pray because we’re serious about taking back the ground he has sought to take from us.” – Priscilla Shirer

“Prayer will get you out of a pinch, prayer will get you out of a crisis, prayer will get you out of your dilemma, prayer will get you out of your trouble.” – T.D. Jakes

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Quotes about Delayed Prayers

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“Delayed answers to prayer are not only trials of faith; they also give us opportunities to honor God through our steadfast confidence in Him, even when facing the apparent denial of our request.” – Charles Spurgeon

“When God says no, we are sometimes tempted to wonder if He loves us. In reality, it’s because He loves us, He sometimes says no.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Our Lord never referred to unanswered prayer. He taught that prayers are always answered: ‘Everyone who asks receives.’ And He implied that prayers are answered rightly because of the heavenly Father's wisdom: ‘Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.’” – Oswald Chambers

“God will either give you what you ask, or something far better.” – Robert Murray McCheyne

“If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.” – St. Augustine

These 34 quotes demonstrate why developing a prayer life is so significant to one’s faith. Prayer is simple in that it comes down to talking with Jesus. Yet prayer is also life-changing, mountain moving, and powerful! Prayer connects us to the Creator. In prayer we enter into the presence of God, and prayer is a result of putting one’s faith and trust in God. Throughout the Bible, God instructs believers to pray and ask for things in His name. Prayer is vital to the life of a believer and these 34 quotes will help encourage and inspire the practice of prayer.

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Pamela Palmer 1200x1200Pamela Palmer is a writer, speaker, and the founder of upheldlife.com, the platform on which she produces devotionals and faith resources to inspire keeping faith at the center of life. She is in pastoral ministry and gets to share in the emotional and spiritual lives of others. She lives and thrives on Jesus, coffee, and music. She is the author of Living a Deeper Faith: Nurture Your Relationship with God and Live a Faith-Fueled Life. Pamela married the perfect man for her and they have two beautiful kiddos. She has been published on herviewfromhome.com, and you can follow her at upheldlife.com or on Facebook.com/upheldlife.