61 David Brainerd Quotes, Sayings and Prayers

David Brainerd was an American Presbyterian minister and was a missionary to the Native Americans.

David Brainerd was born to a farming family in Connecticut and aspired to join the clergy.

His life was marked by periods of depression interspersed with intense religious experiences.

After beginning his studies for the ministry at Yale College in 1739 Brainerd was expelled in 1741 for criticizing a local minister and refusing to publicly apologize.

David Brainerd Quotes

Despite being officially barred from the ministry Brainerd became an itinerant preacher gaining support from many clergymen.

He was ordained in 1744 and worked as a missionary until his health declined due to tuberculosis.

He died in 1747 at the home of his friend Jonathan Edwards who published an account of Brainerd’s life in 1749.

This work which portrayed Brainerd as a model of Christian saintliness has inspired many missionaries over the years.

Below are some of the greatest quotes by David Brainerd.

Best David Brainerd Quotes


Let me forget the world and be swallowed up in the desire to glorify God. ~ David Brainerd.


God plans all perfect combinations. ~ David Brainerd.


I fear God never showed mercy to one so vile as I. ~ David Brainerd.


I have received my all from God. Oh, that I could return my all to God. ~ David Brainerd.


The Lord help me to press after God forever. ~ David Brainerd.


I board with a poor Scotchman: his wife can talk scarce any English. ~ David Brainerd.


Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am. ~ David Brainerd.


Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God’s glory! ~ David Brainerd.


If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world. ~ David Brainerd.


Oh that I may never loiter on my heavenly journey. ~ David Brainerd.

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Top David Brainerd Quotes


Be careful to make a good improvement of precious time. ~ David Brainerd.

I love to live alone in my own little cottage, where I can spend much time in prayer, etc. ~ David Brainerd.

When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts. ~ David Brainerd.


I love to live on the brink of eternity. ~ David Brainerd.

Oh! how amazing it is that people can talk so much about men’s power and goodness, when if God did not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate! ~ David Brainerd.

Whatever else you fail of, do not fail of the influence of the Holy Spirit; that is the only way you can handle the consciences of men. ~ David Brainerd.


I have withstood the power of convictions a long time; and therefore I fear I shall be finally left of God. ~ David Brainerd.

My disorder has been attended with several symptoms of a consumption; and I have been at times apprehensive that my great change was at hand: yet blessed be God, I have never been affrighted; but, on the contrary, at times much delighted with a view of its approach. ~ David Brainerd.

Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge. ~ David Brainerd.


I am more weary of life, I think, than ever I was. ~ David Brainerd.

Famous David Brainerd Quotes

God enabled me to so agonize in prayer that I was quite wet with perspiration, though in the shade and the cool wind. My soul was drawn out very much from the world, for multitudes of souls. ~ David Brainerd.

Oh, how precious is time! And how guilty it makes me feel when I think I have trifled away and misimproved it, or neglected to fill up each part of it with duty to the utmost of my ability and capacity. ~ David Brainerd.

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing to please and glorify the Divine Being, to be in every respect conformed to him, and in that way to enjoy him. ~ David Brainerd.

Further, Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others. ~ David Brainerd.


It is sweet to be nothing and less than nothing that Christ may be all in all. ~ David Brainerd.

The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery. ~ David Brainerd.


I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so I could but gain souls to Christ. ~ David Brainerd.

I bless God for this retirement: I never was more thankful for any thing than I have been of late for the necessity I am under of self-denial in many respects. ~ David Brainerd.

Popular David Brainerd Quotes

The whole world appears to me like a huge vacuum, a vast empty space, whence nothing desirable, or at least satisfactory, can possibly be derived; and I long daily to die more and more to it; even though I obtain not that comfort from spiritual things which I earnestly desire. ~ David Brainerd.

As long as I see anything to be done for God, life is worth having; but O how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end! ~ David Brainerd.

Thirsting desires and longings possessed my soul after perfect holiness. God was so precious to my soul that the world with all its enjoyments appeared vile. I had no more value for the favor of men than for pebbles. ~ David Brainerd.


Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honors, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none. ~ David Brainerd.

No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep impassioned sympathetic love for human souls. ~ David Brainerd.

In the silences I make in the midst of the turmoil of life I have appointments with God. From these silences I come forth with spirit refreshed, and with a renewed sense of power. I hear a voice in the silences, and become increasingly aware that it is the voice of God. ~ David Brainerd.

A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence. ~ David Brainerd.

Great David Brainerd Quotes


I hardly ever so longed to live to God and to be altogether devoted to Him. I want to wear out my life in His service, and for His Glory!! ~ David Brainerd.

I longed to be a flame of fire continually glowing in the divine service and building up of Christ’s kingdom to my last and dying breath. ~ David Brainerd.

I was a little better than speechless all day. O my God, I am speedily coming to Thee! Hasten the day, O Lord, if it be Thy blessed will. Oh, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. ~ David Brainerd.

I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world. ~ David Brainerd.

It is remarkable that God began this work among the Indians at a time when I had the least hope, and to my apprehension the least rational prospect of success. ~ David Brainerd.


Oh! it is sweet to be thus weaned from friends, and from myself, and dead to the present world, that so I may live wholly to and upon the blessed God! ~ David Brainerd.

I am an old sinner; and if God had designed mercy for me, he would have called me home to himself before now. ~ David Brainerd.

Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage lost of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in your service, and to promote your kingdom. ~ David Brainerd.


Oh that I could dedicate my all to God. This is all the return I can make Him. ~ David Brainerd.

Thought-Provoking David Brainerd Quotes

O my Blessed God! let me climb up near to Him, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle, and stretch after Him, and for deliverance from the body of sin and death. Alas! my soul mourned to think i should ever lose sight of its Beloved again. O come, Lord Jesus, amen. ~ David Brainerd.

I care not where I go, or how I live, or what I endure so that I may save souls. When I sleep I dream of them; when I awake they are first in my thoughts. ~ David Brainerd.

Oh that God would humble me deeply in the dust before Him! I deserve Hell every day for not loving my Lord more, who has, I trust, loved me and given Himself for me. ~ David Brainerd.


We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God. ~ David Brainerd.

Toward night, I felt my soul rejoice, that God is unchangeable happy and glorious and that He will be glorified, whatever becomes of His creatures. ~ David Brainerd.

Oh! one hour with God infinitely exceeds all the pleasures and delights of this lower world. ~ David Brainerd.

I hoped that my weary pilgrimage in the world would be short; and that it would not be long before I should be brought to my heavenly home and Father’s house. ~ David Brainerd.

Oh, if ever I get to heaven, it will be because God will, and nothing else; for I never did anything of myself, but get away from God! ~ David Brainerd.

Once more, never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace. ~ David Brainerd.

Profound David Brainerd Quotes

The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best. ~ David Brainerd.


Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. ~ David Brainerd.

As to my success here I cannot say much as yet: the Indians seem generally kind, and well-disposed towards me, and are mostly very attentive to my instructions, and seem willing to be taught further. ~ David Brainerd.

There is a God in heaven who overrules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul. ~ David Brainerd.

I have ever found it, when I have thought the battle was over and the conquest gained, and so let down my watch, the enemy has risen up and done me the greatest injury. ~ David Brainerd.

Could not but think, as I have often remarked to others, that much more of true religion consists in deep humility, brokenness of heart, and an abasing sense of barrenness and want of grace and holiness than most who are called Christians imagine. ~ David Brainerd.


My soul often mourned of more time and opportunity to be alone with God. ~ David Brainerd.

As the most extravagant errors were received among the established articles of their faith, so the most infamous vices obtained in their practice, and were indulged not only with impunity, but authorized by the sanction of their laws. ~ David Brainerd.

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