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The air which our body requires envelops us on every hand. The air of itself seeks to enter our bodies and, for this reason exerts pressure upon us. It is well known that it is more difficult to hold one’s breath than it is to breathe. We need but exercise our organs of respiration, and air will air will enter forthwith into our lungs and perform its life-giving function to the entire body.

The air which our souls needs also envelops all of us at all times and on all sides. God is round about us in Christ on every hand, with His many-sided and all sufficient grace. All we need to do is to open our hearts. Prayer is the breath of the soul, the organ by which we receive Christ into our parched and withered hearts.

~ O. Hallesby, Prayer, 12 (July 1936 edition)

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Intercessory prayer…will necessarily require time. No one else, therefore, will be able to do it except those who are willing to sacrifice the time to do it. This alone is sufficient to make it clear to us that the work of intercession can be done only by those who are willing in spirit. All others will find more than enough excuses for not doing it. One excuse will be that they have not the time and cannot arrange to take the time.

(Ole Hallesby, Prayer, 83).



As far as I can see, prayer has been ordained only for the helpless.

It is the last resort of the helpless.

Indeed, the very last way out.

We try everything before we finally resort to prayer!

(Ole Hallesby, Prayer, 18).

To pray is nothing more involved than to open a door giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them.

He who gave us the privilege of prayer knows us very well. He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

That is why He designed prayer in such a way that the most impotent can make use of it. For to pray is to open the door unto Jesus.

(Ole Hallesby, Prayer, 15).

To pray is nothing more involved than to let Jesus into our needs. To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress. To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our needs.

(Ole Hallesby, Prayer, 14.)

“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.”

O. Hallesby

According to Ole Halesby

The most difficult prayer, and the prayer which, therefore, costs us the most striving, is persevering, the prayer that faints not, but continues steadfastly until the answer comes (Prayer, 112).

Ole Hallesby has the answer…

We long for revivals;

We speak of revivals;

And we even pray a little for them.

But we do not enter upon that labor in prayer which is the essential preparation for every revival

(Prayer, 77).

Ole Hallesby has the answer:

“What we really should complain most about is ourselves and our own slothfulness in prayer” (Prayer, 71).

Our prayer for a spiritual awakening will without question, be most effective if we take up the work of interceding for certain individuals in particular (O. Hallesby, Prayer, 80).

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