“The real sermon is made in the closet. The man-God’s man-is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were received when alone with God. Prayer makes the man: prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor. The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official-a performance for the routine of service.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”

“What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use-men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not sow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men-men of prayer.” ~ E.M. Bounds in “The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer”

If we are going to be imbalanced, better that we be doctrinally weak and have a vital prayer life and a real sense of God on the heart, than that we get all our doctrine straight and be cold and spiritually hard. ~ Tim Keller in Prayer, p 182

Timothy Keller

Prayer is a conversation that leads to an encounter with God… We must not settle for an informed mind without an engaged heart. ~ Tim Keller in Prayer, p165

“Healing Prayer is part of the normal Christian life. It should not be elevated above any other ministry in the community of faith, nor should it be undervalued; Rather, it should be kept in proper balance. It is simply a normal aspect of what it means to live under the reign of God.” ~Richard Foster in Prayer