Ole Hallesby quotes

  • The Spirit of prayer makes us so intimate with God that we scarcely pass through an experience before we speak to Him about it, either in supplication, in sighing, in pouring out our woes before Him, in fervent requests, or in thanksgiving and adoration.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Pouring #Woe

  • Listen, my friend! Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Heart #Hearing

  • There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence."
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #May #Praying

  • To pray is to let God into our lives. He knocks and seeks admittance, not only in the solemn hours of secret prayer. He knocks in the midst of your daily work, your daily struggles, your daily grind. That is when you need Him most.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Letting Go #Prayer #Struggle

  • Helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Heart #Best Prayer

  • To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Prayer #Exercise

  • Notice carefully every word here. It is not our prayer which draws Jesus into our hearts. Nor is it our prayer which moves Jesus to come in to us. All He needs is access. He enters in of His own accord, because He desires to come in. To pray is nothing more involved than to let Jesus into our needs, and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them. And that requires no strength. It is only a question of our wills. Will we give Jesus access to our needs?.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Prayer #Moving

  • Prayer and helplessness are inseparable. Only he who is helpless can truly pray. Your helplessness is your best. prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Praying #Inseparable

  • Jesus is moved to happiness every time He sees that you appreciate what He has done for you. Grip His pierced hand and say to Him, 'I thank Thee, Saviour, because Thou has died for me.' Thank Him likewise for all the other blessings He has showered upon you from day to day. It brings joy to Jesus.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Blessing #Hands

  • Only he who is helpless can truly pray.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Praying #Helpless

  • The shower of answers to your prayers will continue to your dying hour. Nor will it cease then. When you pass out from beneath the shower, your dear ones will step into it. Every prayer and every sigh which you have uttered for them and their future welfare will, in God's time, descend upon them as a gentle rain of answers to prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Change #Prayer #Rain

  • Prayer is a fine, delicate instrument. To use it right is a great art, a holy art. There is perhaps no greater art than the art of prayer. Yet the least gifted, the uneducated and the poor can cultivate the holy art of prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Art #Prayer #Use

  • To pray is to open the door unto Jesus and admit Him into your distress. Your helplessness is the very thing which opens wide the door unto Him and gives Him access to all your needs.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Doors #Giving

  • The quiet hour of prayer is one of the most favorable opportunities
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Opportunity #Quiet

  • When we in prayer seek only the glorification of the name of God, then we are in complete harmony with the Spirit of prayer. Then our hearts are at rest both while we pray and after we have prayed. Then we can wait for the Lord.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Heart #Names

  • When we go to our meeting with God, we should go like a patient to his doctor, first to be thoroughly examined and afterwards to be treated for our ailment. Then something will happen when you pray.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Doctors #Firsts

  • Helplessness is the real secret and the impelling power of prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Real #Secret

  • Nothing means so much to our daily prayer life as to pray in the name of Jesus. If we fail to do this, our prayer life will either die from discouragement and despair or become simply a duty which we feel we must perform.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Prayer #Mean

  • Prayer is the risen Jesus coming in with His resurrection power, given free rein in our lives, and then using His authority to enter any situation and change things.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Jesus #Prayer #Resurrection

  • Helplessness united with faith produces prayer, for without faith there can be no prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Produce #United

  • To strive in prayer means to struggle through those hindrances which would restrain or even prevent us entirely from continuing in persevering prayer. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied. In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Struggle #Mean

  • We need to learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. To know in that way is a prerequisite of all true prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Safe #Way

  • By prayer we couple the powers of Heaven to ou helplessness, the powers which can capture strongholds and make the impossible, possible.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Couple #Angel

  • As white snowflakes fall quietly and thickly on a winter day, answers to prayer will settle down upon you at every step you take, even to your dying day. The story of your life will be the story of prayer and answers to prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Fall #Winter

  • A humble and contrite heart knows that it can merit nothing before God, and that all that is necessary is to be reconciled to one's helplessness and let our holy and almighty God care for us, just as an infant surrenders himself to his mother's care.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Mother #Humble #Heart

  • As impossible as it is for us to take a breath in the morning large enough to last us until noon, so impossible is it to pray in the morning in such a way as to last us until noon. Let your prayers ascend to Him constantly, audibly or silently, as circumstances throughout the day permit.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Morning #Prayer #Noon

  • If we will make use of prayer to call down upon ourselves and others those things which will glorify the name of God, then we shall see the strongest and boldest promises of the Bible about prayer fulfilled. Then we shall see such answers to prayer as we had never thought were possible.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Names #Promise

  • It is the will of our heavenly Father that we should come to Him freely and confidently and make known our desires to Him, just as we would have our children come freely and of their own accord and speak to us about the things they would like to have.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Children #Father #Desire

  • Pray a little each day in a childlike way for the Spirit of prayer. If you feel that you know, as yet, very little concerning the deep things of prayer and what prayer really is, then pray for the Spirit of prayer. There is nothing He would rather do than unveil to you the grace of prayer.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Grace #Each Day

  • The secret prayer chamber is a bloody battleground. Here violent and decisive battles are fought out. Here the fate of souls for time and eternity is determined, in quietude and solitude.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Fate #Soul

  • When prayer is a struggle, do not worry about the prayers that you cannot pray. You yourself are a prayer to God at that moment. All that is within you cries out to Him, and He hears all the pleas that your suffering soul and body are making to Him with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Struggle #Worry

  • To pray is to let Jesus come into our hearts.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Christian #Jesus #Prayer

  • The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon the unseen and eternal things.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Spiritual #Order #Ties

  • Praise lies upon a higher plain than thanksgiving. When I give thanks, my thoughts still circle around myself to some extent. But in praise my soul ascends to self-forgetting adoration, seeing and praising only the majesty and power of God, His grace and redemption
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Lying #Self #Circles

  • It is not necessary to maintain a conversation when we are in the presence of God. We can come into His presence and rest our weary souls in quiet contemplation of Him. Our groanings, which cannot be uttered, rise to Him and tell Him better than words how dependent we are upon Him.
    -- Ole Hallesby

    #Prayer #Soul #Quiet