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Prayer Quotes

 

Selected Quotes on Prayer and Communion with God

Oh, for closest communion with God, till soul and body, head, face, and heart shine with Divine brilliancy!  But oh! for a holy ignorance of our shining!  -- Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him. – James Hudson Taylor

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, 'O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. – Daniel  9:3-5 

Ah, prayer turns trembling saints into great victors! There is no such thing as surrender, or even discouragement, to a man who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty. – Henry W. Frost 

I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.  - James Hudson Taylor 

Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age...But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again. -- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival – men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations.  -- C. H. Spurgeon

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came...Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.  -- R. A. Torrey   

Closet communion needs time for the revelation of God’s presence.  It is vain to say, ‘I have too much work to do to find time.’  You must find time or forfeit blessing.  God knows how to save for you the time you sacredly keep for communion with Him.  – A. T. Pierson   

Elijah on Carmel did not only pray; he kept his eyes open to see the rising cloud. – Theodore L. Cuyler  

To arouse one man or woman to the tremendous power of prayer for others, is worth more than the combined activity of a score of average Christians. - A. J. Gordon 

I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; a minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray.  -- H. Macgregor 

Are you living for the things you are praying for? -- Austin Phelps

A prayerless man is proud and independent, and any church that neglects corporate prayer is sadly no better. Only God's humble and needy children take the time to pray. Everyone else is just going through the motions and naively trusting in their own strength! – David Smithers

When we get a glimpse of the worth of a soul, and begin to realize that we stand between lost men and Heaven or Hell, then we shall have real concern and the Lord will hear our prayers of intercession. -- J. W. Mahood

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.  -- John Wesley 

He can do all things who prays well.  All soul-winners have conquered on their knees.  Wherever the secret of prevailing prayer is found, something supernatural will come to pass.  -- G. F. Oliver  

Pray, O pray, my brother! never, never quit your hold of the fullness of God; for time is nearly over, and if this fullness be lost it will be lost forever. I am astonished that we do not pray more, yea, that we do not live every moment as on the brink of the eternal world, and in the blessed expectation of that glorious country. -- William Bramwell  

  

This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere. -- Leonard Ravenhill   

         

How long will it take us to learn that our shortest route to the man next door is by way of God's throne? – A. T. Pierson

Wherever the Church is aroused and the world's wickedness arrested, somebody has been praying. – A. T. Pierson 

How terrible is the cost of robbing God of time for prayer. When we rob God of time for quiet, we are robbing Him of ourselves. It is only in the quiet that we can really know Him and know ourselves, and be sure that we give ourselves back to Him. Oh, for God's sake, do not risk keeping the windows of Heaven closed by robbing God of time. – Gordon M. Guinness

Pray that we may enter into that travail of soul with Him. Nothing less is any good. Spiritual children mean travail of soul-spiritual agony. – Amy Carmichael

A generation which wishes for a religion without tears must find it difficult to adjust its beliefs to the teaching of the New Testament and of the facts of life… – W. R. Inge

How is it that the soul being of such value, and God so great, eternity so near and yet we are so little moved? -- William Bramwell

My business is with all my might to serve my own generation. In doing so I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord tarry…I have but one life to live on earth and this one life is but a brief life for sowing in comparison with eternity for reaping. -- George Muller

Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life.  -- George Mueller

Before we go to our knees to receive the Baptism of Fire, let me beg of you to see to it that your souls are in harmony with the will and purpose of the Holy Spirit whom you seek. -- William Booth

From the day of Pentecost, there has been not one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer, though only among two or three. And no such outward, upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have declined. It is in exact proportion to the maintenance of such joint and believing supplication and intercession that the Word of the Lord in any land or locality has had free course and been glorified.  -- A. T. Pierson

To some of you we say, Go forward rather than pray. Think not that we would, as these words might imply, cast discredit on prayer. But, beloved our hearts are deceitful, and although we should at every moment have an upward eye and a thirsting heart for the guidance and the presence of the living God, still there are times and circumstances when it becomes almost a sin to pray. Sometimes it is unbelief that makes us pray, or rather seem to pray, else what does that word mean, 'Why criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.' (Ex 14:15) –William C. Burns

God has no greater controversy with His people today than this, that with boundless promises to believing prayer, there are so few who actually give themselves unto intercession. -- A. T. Pierson 

You must pray with all your might.  That does not mean saying your prayers, or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you.  It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God...This kind of prayer be sure the devil and the world and your own indolent, unbelieving nature will oppose.  They will pour water on this flame. -- William Booth 

At Waterloo, the English troops obeying orders fell on their faces for a time and let the hot fire of the French artillery pass over them. Then they sprang to their feet and rushed to the thickest of the fight and beat back their foes.  The Lord wants His people flat on their faces, before they attempt to meet the great crises of life. -- A. T. Pierson      

Our power in drawing others after the Lord mainly rests in our joy and communion with Him ourselves. -- J. G. Bellett

Do not be satisfied with as much Christianity as will only ease your conscience. -- J. B. Stoney

By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a FEVER! -- Watchman Nee 

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 H. Spurgeon

The great battles, the battles that decide our destiny and the destiny of generations yet unborn, are not fought on public platforms, but in the lonely hours of the night and in moments of agony. -- Samuel Logan Brengle

Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is. -- C. H. Spurgeon

Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all personal godliness. -- William Carey

The energies of the universe, nay, of God Himself, are at the disposal of those who pray - to the man who stirreth up himself to take hold of God. – Samuel Zwemer

Out of a very intimate acquaintance with D. L. Moody, I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher. Time and time again, he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to overcome all difficulties. He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass. He knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the Lord, and that prayer could do anything that God could do.  – R. A.

Torrey.

All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet. – Samuel Logan Brengle

It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until 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. Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus should labor with all their might in the work of God as if everything depended upon their own endeavors. Yet, having done so, they should not in the least trust in their labor and efforts, nor in the means that they use for the spread of the truth, but in God alone; and they should with all earnestness seek the blessing of God in persevering, patient, and believing prayer. Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life. The result will surely be abundant blessing. Whether you see much fruit or little fruit, such kind of service will be blessed. – George Muller

The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. -- John Wesley

God will not let me get the blessing without asking. Today I am setting my face to fast and pray for enlightenment and refreshing. Until I can get up to the measure of at least two hours in pure prayer every day, I shall not be contented.  Meditation and reading besides. -- Andrew Bonar

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’. Each time, before you Intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. 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

When we find anything promised in the Word of God, we are not to neglect to seek it because it is promised: but we are to pray for it on that very account. ‘Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock" (Ezek. 36:37). The promise is absolute; but the time of its fulfillment depends upon the prayers of His people. -- B. T. Roberts

Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities. -- Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. -- C. H. Spurgeon

Pray, O pray, my brother! never, never quit your hold of the fullness of God; for time is nearly over, and if this fullness be lost it will be lost forever. I am astonished that we do not pray more, yea, that we do not live every moment as on the brink of the eternal world, and in the blessed expectation of that glorious country. -- William Bramwell

 

Work as if everything depended upon your work, and pray as if everything depended upon your prayer. -- William Booth

A real minister of the gospel is a man of prayer. Prayer is his grand employment, his safety, his first and perpetual duty; and under grace, the grand source of his consolation. Our instructions will be always barren, if they be not watered with our tears and prayers. -- Thomas Coke

Lord grant that the FIRE of my heart may melt the lead in my feet.
-- Unknown

A minister, who prays not, who is not in love with prayer, is not a minister of the Church of God. He is a dry tree, which occupies in vain a place in Christ's garden. He is an enemy, and not a father, of the people. He is a stranger, who has taken the place of the shepherd, and to whom the salvation of the flock is an indifferent thing. – Thomas Coke

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are-dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon. -- J. Hudson Taylor

Praying without faith is like trying to cut with a blunt knife-much labor expended to little purpose. -- James 0. Fraser

You must GO forward on your knees. -- J. Hudson Taylor

Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying. When a church is truly convinced that prayer is where the action is, that church will so construct its corporate activities that the prayer program will have the highest priority. -- Paul E. Billheimer

On the ground of our own goodness we cannot expect to have our prayers answered. But Jesus is worthy, and for His sake we may have our prayers answered. There is nothing too choice, too costly, or too great for God to give Him. He is worthy. He is the spotless, holy Child, who under all circumstances acted according to the mind of God. And if we trust in Him, if we hide in Him, if we put Him forward and ourselves in the background, depend on Him and plead His name, we may expect to have our prayers answered.  -- George Muller

The feeling of need and not the force of habit will make thee a sincere suppliant. -- Evan Roberts

Prayer is buried, and lost and Heaven weeps.  If all prayed the wicked would flee from our midst or to the refuge. -- Evan Roberts

Prayer is the midwife of mercy, that helps to bring it forth. -- Matthew Henry

You may as soon find a living man without breath as a living saint without prayer. -- Matthew Henry

The prayers and supplications that Christ offered up were, joined with strong cries and tears, herein setting us example not only to pray, but to be fervent and importunate in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wet ones, do we offer up to God! -- Matthew Henry

When God is about to give His people the expected good, He pours out a Spirit of prayer, and it is a good sign that He is coming towards them in mercy. Then when you see the expected end approaching, then you shall call upon Me. Note, promises are given not to supersede, but to quicken and encourage prayer: and when deliverance is coming we must by prayer go forth to meet it. When Daniel understood the 70 years were near expiring, then he set his face with more fervency than ever to seek the Lord  (Dan. 9:2, 3).  -- Matthew Henry

"I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." -- Isaiah 62:6-7

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel. -- Thomas Watson

God never denied that soul anything that went as far as heaven to ask for it. -- John Trapp

All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them. -- Hudson Taylor

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer. -- John Bunyan

We know the utility of prayer from the efforts of the wicked spirits to distract us during the divine office; and we experience the fruit of prayer in the defeat of our enemies. -- John Climacus

Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. -- John Bunyan

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

When we go to God by prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him, and therefore he opposeth us all he can.  -- Richard Sibbes

That which begins not with prayer seldom winds up with comfort. - John Flavel

"Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!" -- Jeremiah 9:1

"My soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock has been taken captive." -- Jeremiah 13:17

It will not do for us to go to Heaven by ourselves. We must be on fire, friends for saving others. To be workers will draw heaven down and will draw others to heaven .  Without a readiness to work, the Spirit of prayer will not come. -- Evan Roberts

Prayer is the secret of power. -- Evan Roberts

Secret prayer is the spring-time of life. -- Evan Roberts

A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men. – Leonard Ravenhill

The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! Do it! You want to be taught to pray. My answer is pray and never faint, and then you shall never fail. There is no peradventure. You cannot fail.... A sense of real want is at the very root of prayer. -- John Laidlaw

Prayer is the means by which we obtain all the graces that rain down upon us from the divine Fountain of Goodness and Love. - Laurence Scupoli

None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience. It is a great matter when in extreme need to take hold on prayer. I know whenever I have prayed earnestly that I have been amply heard, and have obtained more than I prayed for. God indeed sometimes delayed, but at last He came. – Martin Luther

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." -- Ezekiel 22:30

Hell is larger today than it was yesterday, because many of us have failed to pray. -- David Smithers

The prayer of faith is the only power in the universe to which the great Jehovah yields. Prayer is the sovereign remedy. -- Robert Hall

I ought to pray before seeing any one. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o'clock before I begin secret prayer. This is a wretched system. It is unscriptural. Christ arose before day and went into a solitary place. David says: ‘Early will I seek thee’, ‘Thou shalt early hear my voice.’ Family prayer loses much of its power and sweetness, and I can do no good to those who come to seek from me. The conscience feels guilty, the soul unfed, the lamp not trimmed. Then when in secret prayer the soul is often out of tune. I feel it is far better to begin with God-to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. -- Robert Murray M'Cheyne

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day. -- E. M. Bounds

Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.  -- John Wesley

All decays begin in the closet; no heart thrives without much secret converse with God, and nothing will make amends for the want of it. -- John Berridge

No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame. -- E. M. Bounds

Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, an ethical system, and a superstition. -- Samuel Chadwick

Carnal reason is an enemy to faith: it is ever crossing and contradicting it. It will never be well with thee, Christian, so long as thou art swayed by carnal reason, and you rely more upon thy five senses, than upon the four Evangelists. As the body lives by breathing, so the soul lives by believing. -- Thomas Brooks

Do not we rest in our day too much on the arm of flesh? Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord still run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh, that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where is now the Lord God of Elijah? He is waiting for Elijah to call on Him. -- James Gilmour of Mongolia

"I have need of nothing." -- The Laodicean Church

Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He, who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.  -- Thomas Brooks

We are not built for ourselves, but for God. Not for service for God, but for God.  -- Oswald Chambers

Let me burn out for God. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh, that I may be a man of prayer! -- Henry Martyn

Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it dies, chilled and starved to its vitals. True prayer MUST be aflame.  -- E. M. Bound

Apostolic preaching is not marked by its beautiful diction, or literary polish, or cleverness of expression, but operates 'in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.' -- Arthur Wallis

Keep us little and unknown, prized and loved by God alone. – Charles Wesley

The only saving faith is that which casts itself on God for life or death.  -- Martin Luther

Tearless hearts can never be the heralds of the Passion. - -J. H. Jowett

God's cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans. -- E. M. Bounds

What are Christians put into the world for except to do the impossible in the strength of God.  -- General S. C. Armstrong

All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal! -- Jonathan Goforth

God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the IMPOSSIBLE. -- William Booth

I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. -- Hudson Taylor

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. -- Corrie ten Boom

We never test the resources of God until we attempt the IMPOSSIBLE. -- F. B. Meyer

Until we reach for the IMPOSSIBLE through fervent, faith-filled prayer, we will NEVER fulfill our created purpose!  -- David Smithers

Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with GOD. - Luke 1: 37

God will do nothing but in answer to prayer. -- John Wesley

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray. You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Prayer is striking the winning blow ... service is gathering up the results. -- S. D. Gordon

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.  -- Corrie ten Boom

God will either give you what you ask, or something far better. -- Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?  -- Corrie ten Boom

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. -- Oswald Chambers

Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails. -- Watchman Nee

Pray not for crutches but for wings. -- Phillips Brooks

Prayer does not enable us to do a greater work for God. Prayer is a greater work for God. -- Thomas Chalmers

Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.  -- E. M. Bounds

Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.  -- Andrew Murray

Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence. -- W. S. Bowden

Prayerlessness is a sin. -- Corrie ten Boom

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. -- William Cowper

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all. -- D. L. Moody

Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. - E. M. Bounds

The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe. -- D. L. Moody

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

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him. -- William Law

We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results. -- R. A. Torrey

You shall find this to be God’s usual course: not to give his children the taste of his delights till they begin to sweat in seeking after them. -- Richard Baxter

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. -- Martin Luther

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. -- Martin Luther

Pray, and let God worry. -- Martin Luther

To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer. -- Martin Luther

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. -- Augustine

I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming. Thousands and tens of thousands of times have my prayers been answered. When once I am persuaded that a thing is right and for the glory of God, I go on praying for it until the answer comes. -- George Mueller

Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray. -- Charles H. Brent

God's program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah "repaired the altar of Jehovah that was thrown down." That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain. Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even unto death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless. -- Andrew Gih


In the interior city of Chengchow the 'Bethel Evangelistic Band' had a very difficult time. The meetings had gone on without noticeable results and the last day came. The Band knew that the hindrance must be with the leaders who seemed quite indifferent. Desperately we prayed, and when hope seem almost gone we were reminded that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years. He can do wonders in just one day! Our faith took hold on God for the fall of Jericho at the last. And God honored our faith. During the morning meeting one of the missionaries could not restrain his tears and confessed most humbly that he was a great sinner and hypocrite. Then the Holy Spirit fell on the whole congregation and  all were convicted of sin and confessed with tears of contrition. At the closing meeting there was no opportunity for preaching. The Holy Spirit was working and people spontaneously confessed their sins and need, or gave joyous testimonies of salvation. -- Andrew Gih

When asked how he determined the will of God on any matter, George Mueller listed the following steps he believed were necessary:

1.  "I get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to any particular matter."
2.  "I do not leave the result to feelings or simple impressions. That can make one open to great delusions."
3.  "I seek God's will through, or in connection with, his Word.  If you look to the Spirit without the Word, you open yourself to delusion."
4.  "I consider providential [God-controlled] circumstances."
5.  "I ask God in prayer to reveal his will to me."
6.  "I make sure I have a clear conscience before God and man."
7.  "Every time I listened to men instead of God, I made serious
mistakes."
8.  "I act only when I am at peace, after much prayer, waiting on
God with faith."   --George Mueller