Prayer and revival are two interconnected themes that were near and dear to R. A. Torrey’s heart. Reuben Archer Torrey (1856-1928) traveled all over the world leading evangelistic tours.

It is believed that more than one hundred thousand were saved under his preaching.

Torrey also served as the first superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute.

The great cry of our day is work, work, work, organize, organize, give us some new society, tell us some new methods, devise some new machinery; but the great need of our day is prayer, more prayer and better prayer.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 190.

I think it would be perfectly safe to say, that the church of Christ was never in all its history so fully and so skillfully and so thoroughly and so perfectly organized as it is today.

Our machinery is wonderful, it is just perfect; but alas it is machinery without power; and when things do not go right, instead of going to the real source of our failure, our neglect to depend upon God and to look to God for power, we look around to see if there is not some new organization we can set up, some new wheel that we can add to our machinery.

We have altogether too many wheels already.

What we need is not so much new organization, some new wheel, but “the Spirit of the living creature in the wheels.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 16.

Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 17.

Prayer is “having an audience with God, actually coming into the presence of God and asking and getting things from Him.”

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 61.

If we want to pray correctly, the first thing we should do is make sure that we really seek an audience with God – that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite and vivid consciousness that we are talking to God.

R. A. Torrey, How to Pray (Whitaker House, 1983), 24.

Most revivals have humble beginnings, and the fire starts in a few warm hearts. Never despise the day of small things.

R. A. Torrey, How to Pray (Whitaker House, 1983), 101.

Great revivals always begin first in the hearts of a few men and women whom God arouses by His Spirit to believe in Him as a living God, as a God who answers prayer, and upon whose heart He lays a burden from which no rest can be found except in importunate [persistent] crying unto God. Oh, may He, by His Spirit, lay such a burden upon our hearts today.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 191.

The great need of the church today is a general, widespread, deep thoroughgoing, genuine revival.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 175.

Revival is a time when God visits His people, and, by the power of His Spirit, imparts new life to them. New life from God – that is a revival.

R. A. Torrey, The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power (Grand Rapids, MI: Clarion Classics, Zondervan, 1924, 1971), 177.

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