“Prayer is the Language of the Poor” – More quotes from Leonard Ravenhill

We’ve posted quotes from revival historian Leonard Ravenhill in the past besides the ones you see below. You can see our previous post HERE

“When the church is prosperous she never has revival. It’s when the church is poor. Prayer is the language of the poor. … The self-satisfied don’t need to pray. The self-sufficient don’t want to pray. The self-righteous cannot pray. But the man who realizes ‘I need something outside of anything that’s human at all,’ he wants to bathe his soul in prayer.”

“I believe that the highest form of worship is speechless.”

“The man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men … I don’t think that there is anything that the devil hates more than praying men and women.”

“The man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men. There’s nothing on earth or hell that will scare him! He has a divine commission!”

“Victory is not won in the pulpit by firing intellectual bullets or wisecracks, but in the prayer closet; it is won or lost before the preacher’s foot enters the pulpit.”

“For the greatest sin in the world is not adultery. 
The greatest sin in the world is – 
‘I can manage my life without God.’
That’s the greatest sin.”

“[Charles] Finny would go to some crusades and not make an altar call until he’d preached for 28 days and nights. Now the guy goes in wants to break up the fallow ground, sow the seed and even gather the harvest in half an hour. That’s baloney.”

“I sometimes say this is a day of thin theology and fat preachers.”

“5 minutes inside eternity I believe every one of us will have wished that we had sacrificed more, prayed more, loved more, sweated more, grieved more, wept more.”

“The reasons why we don’t get revival is because we won’t pay the price for it.”

“… the most amazing group of men to have ever walked the earth… a prophet … Prophets are different. Prophets are dangerous. Prophets are defiant. The other name for a prophet is a seer. He sees. He sees what nobody else sees. The people don’t understand him. A true prophet suffers for the people, he suffers with the people, he suffers by the people. Come on, do you want to be a prophet? Oh, I’d like to see a burning bush. Would you? If it takes 40 years?”

“See that every one of our young preachers gets a copy of the life of David Brainerd, to stir them to action, to stir them to sacrifice… Get their eyes on eternity, therefore they must read David Brainerd.”

“You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”

“You have to account for your time. So here you’ve got three:
You live 24 hours a day;
You work 8 hours a day, you sleep 8 hours a day, what do you do with the other 8? Put that into years. You live 60 years. You sleep 20 years, you work 20 years, what do you do with the other 20? As I have said to you, if I could push the door of heaven, and you could peep into it for 5 minutes, you’d never backslide, you’d change your lifestyle, you’d change your conversation style… Listen, you and I are supposed to be eternity conscious.”

“Immediately a man was nailed to the cross he lost all his rights. And if you ever get nailed to the cross you’ll lose all yours too.”

“Preaching is not a profession, it’s a passion! If a man can’t preach with passion he shouldn’t preach at all.”

“Because [the apostle Paul] bowed the knee to the Father he never bowed the knee to anybody else, neither demons nor politicians or kings. He stood there, regal.”

“I believe the cardinal ethic of Christianity is sacrifice! Not success, sacrifice!”

“You say sometimes, ‘I wonder God doesn’t burden me. Do you know why?’ Because He can’t trust you, that’s why. You’re not strong enough to carry the burden. … A lot of you … you don’t need more light, this will only make it worse for you at the judgement. What you need is more obedience. Some of you have known for years what you should do and you hold back.”

“God didn’t ask you to be a walking library, He asked you to be a God-filled personality.”

“The great lack today is holiness. There’s no insistence on holiness.”

“We’re looking for a formula – there isn’t one! There’s no formula, it’s a Person!”

“Jonathan Edwards preached one sermon on ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ but he prayed 500 on love. … Do you know what he did? The night before he preached ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ he gathered the most prayerful people in town and many of them for a week had fasted. You can’t have revival without travail. Do you know what Jonathan Edwards did while others were riding horses and having fun? He read his Bible 13 hours a day. He made himself available to God.”

“…prayer is the secret. You know that. As soon as you make up your mind you’re going to give time to prayer the devil will fight you more than anything else. Your phone will ring off the hook, visitors will come, somebody will say, ‘come and preach at our church.’ Why do you go conduct a revival in somebody else’s church when your own is dead?”

“I don’t believe that there’s anything that the devil hates more than praying men and women. You decide to pray, your church will be against you. I don’t claim to be a prophet or the son of a prophet, but I know this: The weakest, smallest church meeting in every church is the prayer meeting.”

“The greatest things in our lives are not in prayer meetings usually, it’s alone with God the world forbidden, alone with God oh blessed retreat, alone with God and with Him hidden, to hold with Him communion sweet.”

“I have the greatest times in prayer when I say nothing.”

“Prayer is preoccupation with our needs, praise is preoccupation with our blessings, worship is preoccupation with God Himself. My goal is God Himself, not joy, not peace, not even blessing but Thee. And to get there, there’s going to be a lot of pruning … If you mean business, God means business.”

“Maybe you are the key to revival in your church.”

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