160 Prayer Quotes to Empower Your Faith

These top 160 prayer quotes will serve as a reminder to let God go inside your heart whenever you are in a difficult chapter of your life or need guidance.

Praying is the act of having a conversation with God.

It is one of the ways to build a stronger connection with Him and share your emotions for a clearer mind and stronger faith.

It is done in times of need, when we are thankful, and when we apologize for our sins. 

Often, we forget to communicate with Him and be grateful for all the things He has done for us.

So, if you want to be reminded of His grace and power, don’t forget to read the collection below. 

Let’s get started.

And make sure to check out these Billy Graham quotes and Ravi Zacharias quotes.

Best Prayer Quotes

1. “Prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux 

2. “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado 

3. “The world was made partly that there may be prayer. Partly that our prayers might be answered.” – C.S. Lewis 

4. “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 

5. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – Anonymous 

6. “Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds 

7. “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between his will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” – Elisabeth Elliot

8. “Pray without ceasing.” – Thessalonians 5:17 

9. “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi 

10. “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom

11. “She—my mother—became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand, she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes 

12. “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” – Saint John Damascene

13. “Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication.” – Charles Spurgeon 

14. “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard 

15. “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” – George Herbert 

Inspiring Prayer Quotes to Strengthen Your Faith

16. “There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore

17. “Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.” – Saint Augustine

18. “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa

19. “Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of Himself.” – Mother Teresa

20. “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

21. “God does nothing except in response to believing in prayer.” – John Wesley

22. “The reality is, my prayers don’t change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst

23. “Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them. Outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.” – E.M Bounds

24. “To pray rightly, you must make God your hope, stay, and all. Right prayer sees nothing substantial or worth being concerned about except God.” – John Bunyan

25. “God can handle your doubt, anger, fear, grief, confusion, and questions. You can bring everything to him in prayer.” – Rick Warren

26. “If you only pray when you’re in trouble, you’re in trouble.” – Anonymous

27. “Prayer is the song of the heart. It reaches the ear of God even if it is mingled with the cry and tumult of a thousand men.” – Kahlil Gibran

28. “In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was, ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was, ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my Creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.” – Iyanla Vanzant

29. “Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart.” – Thomas Watson

30. “Prayer is the means of sustaining a faith that at times can grow weak. The power of prayer is enriching, uplifting to hear our God speak.” – Greta Zwaan

Prayer Quotes to Give You Hope

31. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” – Saint Augustine

32. “We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.” – Billy Graham

33. “It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone.” – Hudson Taylor

34. “It is true that a prayer that comes from the heart can move mountains, it increases your faith, and brings you closer to God.” – Rebecca Small

35. “Prayer is not an old woman’s amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” – Mahatma Gandhi

36. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart

37. “Stay faithful. If you’re hurting, stay hopeful. Pray and give thanks to God for the opportunity to grow; ask Him to shed light, ask Him for clarity.” – Thomas Nelson

38. “Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

39. “Our prayers are sometimes answered without us realizing.” – Catherine Pulsifer

40. “Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.” – Mahalia Jackson

41. “Don’t forget to pray today because God didn’t forget to wake you up this morning.” – Anonymous

42. “I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln

43. “You know the value of prayer. It is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it.” – Sir Thomas Buxton

44. “Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.” – Andrew Murray

45. “Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Prayer Quotes That Will Bring You Closer to God

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

47. “Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.” – Saint John Vianney

48. “Prayer is aligning ourselves with the purposes of God.” – E. Stanley Jones

49. “The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts.” – Richard Alleine

50. “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham

51. “The whole reason why we pray is to be united into the vision and contemplation of God to whom we pray.” – Julian of Norwich

52. “When you can’t put your prayer into words, God hears your heart.” – Anonymous

53. “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” – Martin Luther

54. “Prayer is the nearest approach to God.” – William Law

55. “Prayer must carry on our work as much as preaching; He preacheth not heartily to his people that will not pray for them.” – Richard Baxter 

56. “When life is rough, pray. When life is great, pray.” – Anonymous

57. “A vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church

58. “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” – D.L. Moody

59. “Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.” – E. M. Bounds

60. “Rich is the person who has a praying friend.” – Janice Hughes

Prayer Quotes That Will Guide You to the Right Path

61. “A godly man is a praying man. As soon as grace is poured in, prayer is poured out. Prayer is the soul’s traffic with Heaven; God comes down to us by His spirit, and we go up to Him by prayer.” – Thomas Watson 

62. “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick 

63. “If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour will be very well employed.” – St. Francis de Sales

64. “The devil is aware that one hour of close fellowship, hearty converse with God in prayer, is able to pull down what he hath been contriving and building many a year.” – Flavel 

65. “Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” – Andrew Murray 

Faithful Prayer Quotes That Will Get You Through Hard Times

66. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

67. “If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you, but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.” – Charles Spurgeon

68. “Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.” – Charles Spurgeon

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

70. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

71. “To desire revival and at the same time to neglect personal prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another.” – A.W. Tozer

72. “Pray as you can, not as you can’t.” – Dom Chapman

73. “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

74. “I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.” – George Mueller

75. “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'” – Billy Graham

76. “Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants. Otherwise, the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed before He can answer the prayer for more.” – George Muller

77. “God warms His hands at man’s heart when he prays.” – John Masefield

78. “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers

79. “If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled.” – Cynthia Lewis

80. “I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.” – Harvey Fierstein

Devout Prayer Quotes for Blessed Mornings

81. “In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings. In the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.” – Billy Graham

82. “The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” – Adrian Rogers

83. “Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer.” – Martin Luther

84. “I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night, I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers, do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.” – Roy Orbison

85. “Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.” – Laurence Sterne

86. “I believe that it is impossible to grasp all the different forms of prayer without great purity of heart and soul. There are as many forms of prayer as there are states of soul. A person pays in a certain manner when cheerful and in another when weighed down by sadness or a sense of hopelessness. When one is flourishing spiritually, prayer is different from when one is oppressed by the extent of one’s struggles.” – John Cassian

87. “God will do great things for you if you will wait for Him. Yield to Him. Cooperate with Him.” – John Smith

88. “A day without prayer is a day without blessing, and a life without prayer is a life without power.” – Edwin Harvey

89. “Always prove to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.” – Anonymous

90. “A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” – James E. Faust

91. “When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.” – Oswald Chambers

92. “Therefore, when you decide to undertake this work of prayer and feel by grace that you are called by God, lift up your heart to God with a meek stirring of Love.” – Cloud of Unknowing

93. “Our prayers have no expiration date. You never know when, where, or how God will answer.” – Anonymous

94. “One of the greatest attacks of the enemy is to make you busy, to make you hurried, to make you noisy, to make you distracted, to fill the people of God and the Church of God with so much noise and activity that there is no room for prayer. There is no room for being alone with God. There is no room for silence. There is no room for meditation.” – Paul Washer

95. “Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.” – Charles Finney

Powerful Prayer Quotes to Grace Your Heart

96. “Prayer is simply talking to God like a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.” – Joyce Meyer

97. “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa

98. “In worship, God imparts himself to us.” – C.S. Lewis

99. “The amount of time we spend with Jesus—meditating on His word and His majesty, seeking his face—establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.” – Charles Stanley

100. “I firmly believe God continues to answer the prayers of His people even after He has taken them to heaven. Never forget that God isn’t bound by time the way we are. We see only the present moment. God sees everything. We see only part of what He is doing. He sees it all.” – Billy Graham

101. “Don’t stop praying. He hears you, and He is working it out for your good.” – Anonymous

102. “You pray in your distress and in your need. Would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Kahill Gibran

103. “The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, not those who talk about prayer.” – S.D. Gordon

104. “Prayer is not only asking but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.” – Oswald Chambers

105. “Quit playing, start praying. Quit feasting. Start fasting. Talk less with men. Talk more with God. Listen less to men. Listen to the words of God. Skip travel, start travail.” – Leonard Ravenhill

106. “My longing for truth was a single prayer.” – Edith Stein

107. “None can believe how powerful prayer is and what it is able to affect, but those who have learned it by experience. It is a great matter when in extreme need to take hold on prayer.” – Martin Luther

108. “Mental prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends. It means taking time frequently to be alone with Him, who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much, and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

109. “Today, we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon this great Country and ask Him to continue to heal our land and meet our needs, and we do so through the power of prayer.” – Nick Rahall

110. “A generous prayer is never presented in vain. The petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Healing Prayer Quotes for Your Soul

111. “Exercise, prayer, and meditation are examples of calming rituals. They have been shown to induce a happier mood and provide a positive pathway through life’s daily frustrations.” – Chuck Norris

112. “Beautiful things comfort; they bring a real clarity and ease. We have to continue to make our environments beautiful. It’s sort of like a prayer. If you surround yourself with beautiful things, you have a better life, one with more oxygen.” – Anjelica Huston

113. “You’re not gonna get through life without being worshipful or devoted to something. You’re either devoted to your job or to your desires. So the best way to spend your life is to try to be devoted to prayer, to Allah.” – Mos Def

114. “Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘Let’s pray about this right now.'” – Thomas Kinkade

115. “The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.” – Georges Bernanos

116. “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa

117. “Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then my dear brother. Pray, pray, pray.” – Edward Payson

118. “And so I urge you. Carry on an ongoing conversation with God about the daily stuff of life, a little like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. For now, do not worry about ‘proper’ praying, just talk to God.” – Richard J. Foster

119. “Never doubt the power of prayer.” – Anonymous

120. “The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” – Rick Warren

121. “The value of persistent prayer is not that God will hear us, but that we will finally hear God.” – William McGill

122. “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” – Alan Cohen

123. “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright. Nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray, but we must patiently, believingly, continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently, we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing.” – George Müller

124. “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

125. “When you feel like worrying, try praying instead. Worrying only creates more stress, but prayer creates more peace. God is bigger than whatever is stressing you out.” – Dave Willis

Prayer Quotes From the Bible and More

126. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

127. “Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.” – 2 Chronicles 6:21

128. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15

129. “And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:15

130. “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

131. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God—that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” – 1 John 5:14

132. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:44

133. “A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord’s pleasure, on the most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

134. “May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” – Mother Teresa

135. “Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things, as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.” – Teilhard de Chardin

Strong Prayer Quotes That Will Move You 

136. “What wings are to a bird and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.” – Corrie Ten Boom 

137. “Prayer, then, is a matter of our participating in the life of Jesus Christ.” – Michael Casey

138. “Give me faith, Lord, and let me help others find it.” – Leo Tolstoy

139. “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” – D.A.T. Pierson

140. “Prayer changes everything.” – Anonymous

141. “No man is greater than his prayer life.” – Leonard Ravenhill

142. “Time spent in prayer is never wasted.” – Francis Fenelon

143. “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.” – Oswald Chambers

144. “Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving Him and focusing our attention on Him are the most important.” – Charles Stanley

145. “Prayer—the key to all the treasures of this life and the hereafter.” – Anonymous

146. “If we would turn the time we spent discussing the other’s life into prayer time instead, no telling what would happen to the glory of God.” – Beth Moore

147. “What is love if it be not fiery? What are prayers if the heart be not ablaze? They are the battles of the soul.” – Samuel Chadwick

148. “Spiritual work is taxing work, and men are loath to do it. Praying, true praying, costs an outlay of serious attention and of time, which flesh and blood do not relish.” – E.M. Bounds 

149. “Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit. Where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer.” – Andrew Murray 

150. “Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things above all that we ask or think.” – Andrew Murray 

More Prayer Quotes That Will Encourage You to Commit to God

151. “Don’t think of the things you didn’t get after praying. Think of the countless blessings God gave you without asking.” – Anonymous

152. “God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.” – Dan Brown

153. “An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.” – Charles Stanley

154. “Prayer is man’s greatest power.” – W. Clement Stone

155. “Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.” – Oswald Chambers

156. “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” – J. Sidlow Baxter

157. “Love the people who treat you right. Pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy.” – Anonymous

158. “God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” – Oswald Chambers

159. “Prayer is when you talk to God, meditation is when you listen to God.” – Anonymous

160. “All vital praying makes a drain on a man’s vitality. True intercession is a sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice.” – J.H. Jowett

When Was the Last Time You Talked to God?

Prayers have liberated many of us. By worshiping Him, it gave us the strength to be courageous and face the battles in our lives. He takes away our pain and uses it to let us grow and be more powerful. 

Usually, in times of comfort and goodness, we do not get to have the chance to appreciate it and be grateful to God. The quote collection taught us many things and reminded us to come back to prayers all the time. Being blessed to be brought into this world and experience our lives is a gift.

We must always remember that our mortality will bring our souls back to Him. It is our responsibility to do good for all His creation and take care of ourselves while remembering that He keeps us safe and sound.

So, what lessons did you learn in this quote collection? Did it awaken your faith and led you back to God? Join the comment section below. 


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