199 Treasures of Wisdom on Talking with God

199 Treasures of Wisdom on Talking with God

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Widely recognized as one of Christendom's foremost authorities on prayer, the South African theologian Andrew Murray wrote prolifically on the deeper spiritual life. 199 Treasures of Wisdom on Talking to God is drawn from Murray's writings relating to communion with God, explaining the what, when, why, and how of prayer.


Widely recognized as one of Christendom's foremost authorities on prayer, the South African theologian Andrew Murray wrote prolifically on the deeper spiritual life. 199 Treasures of Wisdom on Talking to God is drawn from Murray's writings relating to communion with God, explaining the what, when, why, and how of prayer.

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199 Treasures of Wisdom on Talking with God

By Andrew Murray

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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ISBN: 978-1-60742-294-5



I must take time to come into God's presence, to feel my weakness and my need, and to renew my fellowship with Him.

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Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.

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Even as a father and his child enjoy being together, so I must have this intimate fellowship with God each day.


Let this be my chief object in prayer, to realize the presence of my heavenly Father. Let my goal be: "Alone with God."

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If I seek fellowship with the Father, I will find Him in His word.

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May every sight of those in need help urge me to cry to God who alone can help.


My source of power in prayer is the Vine. If I am the branches abiding in Christ, He will supply the power.

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Am I spending time in His presence? Everything depends on this.

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The greatest happiness of my life is that I am loved by the Lord Jesus and can fellowship with Him every day.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.

Psalm 63:1


O that I would take time daily in His presence to drink in His love.

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It is only when I am wholly surrendered to the Spirit that I will be able to live according to God's will.

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Unless I am on my knees I cannot live in His love.


A life of prayer will make a life of love to Christ, to other Christians, and to those without Christ.

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I must ask myself if my prayer is really in accordance with the will of God and the Word of God.

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My hidden prayer life is inseparably bound up with united prayer.


Time I spend in prayer is an offering pleasing to God.

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The real practice of prayer is when I take hold of God and have communion and fellowship with Him.

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To experience real prayer I must sacrifice my selfish desires.

"Lord, teach us to pray."

Luke 11:1


Isn't it worth the trouble to deny myself daily in order to meet God?

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As I pray, my attitude should be one of silent expectation.

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When I feel how imperfect my prayer is, I may bow before God in the confidence that His Holy Spirit will teach me to pray.


I pray for grace to live completely for God, whether in sharing with unbelievers or serving His people.

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I put on Christ by spending time alone in His presence.

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When I take the time and the trouble to spend time with God, my reward will be great.


Much time is needed with the Father if I want to experience the power of God within.

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In seeking God, in crying for His help— each time it must be with my whole heart.

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Spending time with God until I know I desire to serve Him with my whole heart gives me the assurance that God hears my prayer.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight.

Psalm 19:14


Prayer is the one power on earth that commands the power of heaven.

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Even in the midst of my daily schedule I can call out to God.

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Each day as I spend time in His presence, let this thought be with me: Christ is all.


My faith in the great power of love should prepare me for a life in communion with God in prayer.

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As a Christian, I should pray that I would obey the Word of God and live in the power of Christ's love.

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There is only one way that I can love my enemies: by the love of Christ, sought and found in prayer.


If I pray only for myself, I will not find it easy to be in the right attitude toward God.

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Love leads me to prayer.

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As I wait silently before God, I become strong in the assurance of faith.

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Mark 11:24


I will take time each day to love God and believe in Him with a firmer faith.

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Without love, true holiness is impossible, so I pray that my love for others will grow.

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As I walk in fellowship with Him, I am given strength to be like Him.


Loving others may mean tears and heartache, and much persevering in prayer.

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I am a channel through which the highest love can reach its aim. I will begin to intercede for those around me.

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If God is waiting to meet me, it is shortsighted to put other work in His place.


If I am to experience God's presence, I must engage in more definite and persevering prayer.

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The scriptural teaching to cry out day and night in prayer must become my experience if I am to be an intercessor.

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Sometimes prayer changes me more than the circumstances.

"Yet not my will, but yours be done."

Luke 22:42


Through prayer God can give me strength for all I do and bring down His power to work through me in the lives of others.

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God can bring me the power to pray that I long for.

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My relationship with the Father can become one of continual prayer.


As simple as breathing is in the physical life, so will praying be in my life led by the Spirit.

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To pray is to enter into God's presence, commit my need to Him, and leave it there.

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God wanted people to state what they wanted— so I should carry my strong desires to Him.


When I allow the light of God to illuminate my life, unbelief will become impossible.

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The spiritual blessing of God's answer to my prayer must be accepted in my spirit before I can see it physically.

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Prevailing prayer is born out of my human weakness.

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."

John 15:7


If I not only seek an answer but seek after the God who gives the answer, then I receive the power to know I have obtained what I have asked.

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What a privilege it is for me to meet in prayer with the One who has redeemed me.

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As I pray, it is the Crucified Christ who comes to walk with me and in whose power I live.


When I meet God in prayer, His presence is my strength for service.

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It is only as Jesus Christ dwells in my heart and life that there can be power in my prayers.

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As I pray I must be fully convinced of Christ's words: "I am with you always."


If our spiritual life is healthy, under the power of the Holy Spirit, praying at all times will be natural.

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Intercession will become my glory and my joy when I give myself as a sacrifice to God for others.

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The more pointed and definite my prayer can be, the better.

"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Matthew 6:6


I expect and look for God's answers so that I may praise Him.

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I should pray as a child asks his father, as simply and trustfully as a child asks for food.

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It is only as I acknowledge and yield to the power of the Spirit already in me that I can pray for His full manifestation.


I ought to pray first for all believers and then for those around me.

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If I am to pray, I must love.

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My prayers are not only wishing and asking, but they must be believing and accepting.


My purpose is to pray for believers and those who do not know God.

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My prayer and my faith will make a difference.

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When I am definite in my requests, it helps me know what answer I am looking for. I need time with God—to know His presence and to wait for Him to make Himself known.

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16


If I seek God with my whole heart, my whole heart will be in every prayer with which I come to God.

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God listens to my every request with His whole heart. I will expect the unexpected, greater than all I ask or think.

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As I pray, I learn to pray, to believe, and to expect with increasing boldness.


Christ will give me grace to pray as I should.

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Prayer is incense that I burn before God.

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I need to pray in the Spirit if I am to take hold of God in faith and power.


When I seek His nearness, He will give it. Then it will be easy to pray in faith.

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I pray, expecting an answer.

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As I spend time in intercession, I will see more conversions.

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."

Matthew 5:44–45


As I consciously abide in Him, I have the liberty to ask what I will in the power of the new nature, and it will be done.

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As long as I live and love and hear and work, I must pray at all times.

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Through consistent daily prayer, my whole life becomes devoted to my King and to the service of His kingdom.


I need to experience fellowship with Christ on His cross if the Spirit is really to take possession of me.

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When I pray for the power of the Spirit, I must yield with my whole heart to His leading. Lead me to know the indispensable secret of spiritual health—the prayer life in daily fellowship with the Father and the Son.

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What joy it will be to seek God's face until the earth is full of His glory!


I resolve to carry the mark of the children of God, the great distinction of the Christian—a life of prayer.

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Everything in my life is to bear the signature of Jesus' name. As I learn to live in that name, I will pray with confidence.

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I find it a great privilege as I bow in worship to know that the Father comes near to me where I am on the earth.

We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.

2 Thessalonians 1:11


When I righteously commit my whole being to take hold of God, my prayer is powerful and effective.

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My prayer receives worth from being rooted in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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The most important and profitable time of my whole day is the time I spend with God.


Never let me say: "I have no time for God."

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Communion with God through His Word and prayer is as indispensable to me as the food I eat and the air I breathe.

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I need to spend time with God even when I do not know what to pray.


Jesus calls me to separate myself from the world and to yield myself wholeheartedly to praying.

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Even though I may have to cry day and night to God, I can count on the Father to answer.

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I ask for the gift of unceasing prayer for the power of God's spirit in all His saints.

I remember you in my prayers at all times.

Romans 1:9–10


Once I begin, I will find abundant reason for persevering in prayer.

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As a Christian, I should not be afraid to promise to pray every day.

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I want to devote my life to the prayer that can bring down God's blessing.


When I draw near to God in humble prayer, I take the first step in the path that leads to fellowship with God.

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I have nothing unless I receive it from Jesus. Absolute dependence on God is the secret for power in my work.

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The spirit of prayer comes when I turn away from the vanity of time into the riches of eternity.


Self keeps me from prayer, but my heart can be prepared for prayer by denying the world.

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To be inspired by God to inward holiness— I must experience the Spirit of God, the spirit of love, and the spirit of prayer.

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The spirit of prayer is stretching with all my might after the life of God.

"This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'"

Matthew 6:9


Only in humility do I depend on prayer.

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Self-denial is indispensable if God's redeeming love is to display power and blessing in my life.

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Nothing can hinder God's holy union with my heart except the decision of my heart to turn away from Him.


When earnest prayer has melted away all earthly passions and desires so that I delight in God alone, then my prayer changes until I do not so much pray as I live in God.

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Prayer is the work of my whole being in absolute willingness to be what pleases Him.

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Prayer is an emptying of myself and my own lusts and desires.


Prayer is opening myself for the light of God to enter me.

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Turning to God, with or without words, is the best form of prayer in the world.

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Prayers not formed according to the real condition of my heart are like prayers pulled out of a deep well when I am not in it.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6


Prayer must come from my heart and my relationship with God.

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My times in prayer are meant to lead me closer to God's heart.

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Christ will strengthen me for a life of unceasing prayer as I walk in the light of His countenance.


Let me believe God that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think.

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My heart will focus on its own state of prayer as soon as God is its objective.

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My heart will continually live and rejoice in God's presence.


Every time a truly good desire stirs in my heart, my heart sends a prayer that reaches God.

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Through prayer I can have the Father's presence every moment of the day for my happiness and strength.

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I need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if I am to have His thoughts make their home in me.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14


When I bow in deep stillness before God and believe what He says, then His law will take possession of my inner life with all its power.

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Faith for the fulfillment of God's promises can be found in the discipline of fervent prayer.

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When I prayerfully turn to God with my whole heart to plead for what He has promised, He will fulfill those promises.


I need to pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will be deeply felt and that my faith will be strengthened.

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As I pray, let me be willing to accept my place with Him, crucified to the world, to sin, and to self.

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In the quietness of prayer let me believe that a simple and determined surrender of my will to Him will bring the heart-cleansing I need.


Real prayer is life changing.

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The closer I draw to God's heartbeat, the more I realize I need Him.

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In prayer, I am to be led by the Spirit every day and every hour.

"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

Mark 11:25


Through prayer, God lovingly reveals areas in our lives that need to change.

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God will hear my prayer when I hold unflinching confidence in the power of His promise.

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My close, abiding fellowship with Christ begins with deep dependence and unceasing prayer.


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This book provides 199 reminders of the importance of prayer. It is only 15 pages long but it is powerful.
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