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Quotes about Prayer

The following quotes are from "If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?" by Kent Crockett (Hendrickson Publishers 2016)available at and
"Prayer is connecting your heart to God's heart" p.14
"Some things will not happen in your life unless you pray" p.15
"Your concept of God determines your faith" p.21
"Jesus used shock treatments--mind-boggling stories that jolted people out of thinking like humans so they would start thinking like God" p.23
"Faith is thinking like God thinks" p.24
"Our faith must be based on what God has revealed in the Scriptures about Himself" p.27
"It takes both God's hand and His heart to bring His answer to our prayers" p.30
"Fix your attention on the ability of God instead of the difficulty of your situation" p.38
"Faith is the ability to see past the physical realm into the spiritual realm" p.50
"Although you cannot see God, you can see His promises recorded in the Bible" p.55
"You'll find the grace to forgive when you focus on what Jesus did for you on the cross--and not on what an evil person did to you" p.66
"Humility requires you to step down from your throne and lay aside your robe of pride" p.67 (ref. Jonah 3:6-10)
"God's delays are not His denials" p.74
"It doesn't matter how long we've been waiting; God can still bring the answer" p.75
"Waiting on the Lord means there's an unknown gap in time between when you ask God for help and when the answer comes" p.76
"The Lord is more concerned about you receiving His best than about how quickly you can get it" p.78
"Jesus teaches us how we can open closed doors by continuing to knock" p.83
"We must continue praying until we received an answer or until the Lord changes our hearts to pray differently" p.89
"God hears every prayer of every believer in the entire world--and knows how to answer each one individually" p.95
"The seat of mercy has become the throne of grace" p.97
"When we pray, it's understood that we always want God's will to override our will if we are asking incorrectly" p.103
"God's Word gives general guidance to everyone, but the Holy Spirit can give you specific guidance concerning your present-day situation" p.110
"The Lord doesn't need to use a human voice to speak to us" p.111
"When you find your joy in living for the God, He places His desires in your heart so you will want what He wants" p.114
"God answers our prayers in one of four ways: yes, no, wait, and 'you do not know what you're asking for'" p.118
"It only makes sense that when the Father answers our prayers, He's actually answering the intercessions of the Spirit" p.120 (ref. Romans 8:26-27)
"If God hadn't learned to hear God speak to him, he never would have understood why the Lord answered differently than he had asked" p.121 (ref. 2 Cor. 12:7-9)
"If I am praying for something and God keeps saying no, then He must know something that I don't" p.125
"Common sense sees the obvious, but wisdom is the ability to see beyond the obvious" p.130 (ref. James 1:5)
"Never ask a drowning person to show you how to swim" p.135 (ref. Psalm 1:1, Prov. 12:15)
"The only way people (your enemies) can have a lasting change of heart is if the Holy Spirit convicts them of their wrongdoing" p.139 (ref. Luke 6:28, Matt. 5:44)
"After your enemies get right with God, they will get right with you" p.141
"The grace of God can reach the most hardened heart when forgiveness is unconditionally offered to those who have hurt us the most" p.146
"When righteous people pray in agreement with a sense of urgency, it increases the likelihood of a miracle taking place" p.151 (ref. 2 Cor. 1:11, Matt. 18:19)
"Thankfulness is cultivated by becoming aware of everything you have and voicing your appreciation of it" p. 157 (ref. 1 Thess. 5:18)
"Jesus didn't pray with His head bowed and eyes closed, but with His eyes open and His head lifted up" p.166 (ref. Mark 6:41)
"It only makes sense that if Jesus instructs us to pray for daily bread, we must pray for provision every day" p.180 (ref. Matt. 6:11)
"God can command people to deliver His provision to you, even if they are unaware that they are fulfilling His purposes" p.182 (ref. 1 Kings 17:9)
"God knows exactly where you are and how to deliver His provision to you" p.184 (ref. 1 Kings 17:4,6)
"Just as we can pray for daily bread, we can also pray for daily protection" p.188 (ref. Ezra 8:21-22)
"This reason to pray (suffering) isn't to get something, but to get through something" p.194 (ref. James 5:13)
"You cannot think your way out of it (devastation), buy your way out of it, or work your way out of it. You can only trust your way out of it" p.195 (ref. Psalm 34:18)
"God's grace is like a spiritual shock absorber that softens the full impacts of the negative force that's trying to crush you" p.198 (ref. 2 Cor. 1:3-4)
"Your trust in God must become greater than your need to understand" p.199 (ref. Proverbs 3:5-6)
"If you aren't instantly healed, don't assume that it will never happen" p.207 (ref. James 5:14-16)
"The Holy Spirit works on their hearts in response to your prayers, which makes it easier for them to yield to God than to keep resisting Him" p.213 (ref. John 6:44)
ALL QUOTES are from "If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?" by Kent Crockett (Hendrickson Publishers 2016)

Learning From a Child

A little girl was about to undergo a dangerous operation. Just before the doctor administered the anesthetic, he said, "Before we can make you well, we must put you to sleep."

The girl responded, "Oh, if you are going to put me to sleep, then I must say my prayers first."
She closed her eyes, and said:" Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake; I pray the Lord my soul to take. And this I ask for Jesus' sake. Amen."
Later on the surgeon admitted that he prayed that prayer that night for the first time in thirty years. --Donald L. Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations as cited on

4 Ways God Answers Prayer

God usually answers prayer in one of four ways: yes, no, wait, and “you do not know what you are asking for!” (Mark 10:38). (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 138)

The Lords Prayer (edited)

Although many people love to recite the Lord’s Prayer, not many love to forgive their debtors. So they edit the Lord’s Prayer, changing the parts they don’t like.

The Lord’s Prayer, RSV  (Revised Several Verses)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts . . .*

And do not lead us into temptation**

but deliver us from evil***

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


* Deleted from original prayer: “as we also have forgiven our debtors”

** Except when we want to be tempted

*** Only the scary kind of evil

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 99)

If God Knows What I Need Why Should I Pray?

Kent Crockett's Book "If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?" explains the 4 purposes for prayer and why some things will not happen unless we pray. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM and CBD.COM
Part 1: How Prayer Works
Chapter 1 What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong?
Chapter 2 The Four Purposes of Prayer
Chapter 3 Your Concept of God Determines Your Faith
Chapter 4 Able + Willing = Answer
Chapter 5 Not “How” But “Who”
Chapter 6 The Natural Realm vs. the Spiritual Realm
Chapter 7 The Object of Your Faith
Chapter 8 Unclogging the Pipeline
Chapter 9 When Will the Answer Come?
Chapter 10 Knock, Knock
Chapter 11 How Heaven Sees Prayers
Chapter 12 “In Jesus’ Name” Doesn’t Mean Sincerely Yours
Chapter 13 God Wants to Speak to You
Chapter 14 Why Prayers Aren’t Answered Like You Asked

Part 2: Answers to Questions
Chapter 15 If I pray for wisdom, how do I know when I get it?
Chapter 16 Why does God want me to pray for my enemies?
Chapter 17 If more people pray is it more likely to be answered?
Chapter 18 If I pray without ceasing, when do I sleep?
Chapter 19 How are we to pray in restaurants?

Part 3: Praying Specific Requests
Chapter 20 Praying to be Saved
Chapter 21 Praying for Provision
Chapter 22 Praying for Protection
Chapter 23 Praying to Get Through Devastation
Chapter 24 Praying for Healing
Chapter 25 Praying for Others

Thy Will Be Changed

Sometimes we pray "Thy will be changed" rather than "Thy will be done." (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 126)

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