This past weekend, I concluded a preaching series at Eastbrook Church called “Power in Prayer: Learning to Pray with St. Paul.” Through the series, I shared quotations on prayer throughout the series, and several people asked if I could share them. There were a few that I had in my notes that I never mentioned, so here they all are.
Baron Friedrich von Hugel: “The decisive preparation for prayer lies not in the prayer itself, but in the life prior to the prayer.”
John Wesley: “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”
John Stott: “So, the major preoccupation of children who come into their Father’s presence in prayer is not that we may receive what we need but that He may receive what He deserves – which is honor to His name, the spread of His kingdom, the doing of His will.”
Richard Foster: “The primary purpose of prayer is to bring us into such a life of communion with the Father that, by the power of the Spirit, we are increasingly conformed to the image of the Son.” 
Dallas Willard: “Prayer is, above all, a means of forming character.”
 Baron Friedrich von Hugel, The Life of Prayer, 30.
 In Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline, rev. ed. (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1988), 34.
 John R. W. Stott, Sermon: “Growth in the Prayer Life,” 20 August 1989.
 Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (San Francisco: Harper, 1992), 57.
 Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy (New York: Harper Collins, 1998), 250.