102 Leonard Ravenhill Quotes from English Christian Evangelist

Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) was an influential English Christian evangelist and author recognized for his emphasis on prayer and revival.

His teachings, which often challenged western evangelicalism, advocated a return to the foundations of the early Christian Church as documented in the Book of Acts.

His seminal book, “Why Revival Tarries”, has sold over a million copies globally. Born in Leeds, England, Ravenhill attended Cliff College and was deeply interested in Christian revival and church history.

Leonard Ravenhill

His ministry during World War II attracted large crowds and led to many dedicating their lives to Christian service and missions.

In 1950, Ravenhill moved to the US, conducting tent revivals and evangelistic meetings. Later settling in Texas, he taught at Last Days Ministries Ranch and mentored musicians such as Keith Green.

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He influenced figures like Charles Stanley, Paul Washer and David Wilkerson. A close friend of A.W. Tozer and Keith Green, Ravenhill passed away in 1994 and was later commemorated in a biography titled “In Light of Eternity”.

I have compiled the top quotes by Leonard Ravenhill for you.

Best Leonard Ravenhill Quotes


The Spirit comes upon praying people. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Maybe you are the key to revival in your church. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Better for you to have one sleepless night on earth than millions in hell. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


You can’t live wrong and pray right. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Prayer is as mighty as God, because He has committed Himself to answer it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

In revival, God is not concerned about filling empty churches, He is concerned about filling empty hearts. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

You can have all of your doctrines right – yet still not have the presence of God. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


If you kneel before God, you will stand before men. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

How can you have a dead service with a living Christ? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The true Church is born from above. In it there are no sinners, and outside of it no saints. No man can put another’s name on its member’s roll; and no man can cross another’s name off that roll. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


The darker it gets, the brighter your light will shine. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Famous Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

The more men pray, the less worldly they become. The less they pray, the more worldly they become. I am, of course, speaking of professing Christians at this point. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


The secret of praying is praying in secret. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

I have no faith in my faith. My faith is in the faithful God. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Prayer is not an argument with God to persuade him to move things our way, but an exercise by which we are enabled by his Spirit to move ourselves his way. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Christianity is not being weighed in the balance and found wanting. It’s being tried, found difficult and rejected! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


The secret of praying is praying in secret. A sinning man will stop praying, and a praying man will stop sinning. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


By our attitude to prayer we tell God that what was begun in the Spirit we can finish in the flesh. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Top Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

A man with an experience of God is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Christianity is the only religion in the world where a man’s God comes and lives inside of Him! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

To stand before men on behalf of God is one thing. To stand before God on behalf of men is something entirely different. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Our churches are more air-conditioned than prayer-conditioned. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Most Christians pray to be blessed. Few pray to be broken. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Smart men walked on the moon, daring men walked on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Praying men stop sinning and sinning men stop praying. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Prayer is preoccupation with our needs. Praise is preoccupation with our blessings. Worship is preoccupation with GOD Himself. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Gethsemane is where He died; the cross is only the evidence. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

LORD strengthen me where I am too weak and weaken me where I am too strong! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The less power a church has, the more entertainment it has. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The self-sufficient does not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

If we had more sleepless nights in prayer, there would be far fewer souls to have a sleepless eternal night in hell. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Wise Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

When you’re born in fire, smoke will never do. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

I want to see the glory of God invade this generation. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The most shattering thought I’ve ever had is my personal accountability to God one day. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Preaching is not a profession, it’s a passion. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Christianity is Christ plus nothing! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Thought-Provoking Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

If He is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

God doesn’t answer prayer, He answers desperate prayer! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Preaching is not a profession, it’s a passion! If a man can’t preach with passion he shouldn’t preach at all. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The early Church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Preacher, keep your knees on the ground & your eyes on the throne. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

There are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the one other people think we are, and the one God knows we are! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Men give advice; God gives guidance. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Preaching affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Inspiring Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

I’d rather have ten people that want God than 10,000 people who want to play church. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Church unity comes from corporate humility. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Five minutes after you die you’ll know how you should have lived. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The law of prayer is the law of harvest: sow sparingly in prayer, reap sparingly; sow bountifully in prayer, reap bountifully. The trouble is we are trying to get from our efforts what we never put into them. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

There is a deeper life. It is as deep as a personal Gethsemane and as costly as a personal Calvary. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Any method of evangelism will work – if God is in it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

When you’re sitting in a dark room, you can either sit and curse the darkness – or you can light a candle. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Profound Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

Christ cared enough for sinners to die for them. Do we care enough for sinners to live to reach them? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Men of prayer must be men of steel, for they will be assaulted by Satan even before they attempt to assault his kingdom. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

An experience of God that costs nothing does nothing. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him, does it matter whom we displease? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

We must learn to pray, and we must pray to learn to pray. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

I think one of the serious breakdowns in modern evangelism is this: it has offered too much for too little. What we do mostly is offer forgiveness. We need cleansing! There is no true conversion until a man takes up his cross. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Inspirational Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

The self-righteous never apologize. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Prayer is not a preparation for the battle; it is the battle! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Great eagles fly alone; great lions hunt alone; great souls walk alone-alone with God. Such loneliness is hard to endure, and impossible to enjoy unless God accompanied. Prophets are lone men; they walk alone, pray alone and God makes them alone. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Is the world crucified to you or does it fascinate you? ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

There are two kinds of people in the world – only two kinds. Not black or white, rich or poor, but those either dead in sin or dead to sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Prayerlessness is sin. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

We need more prophets in our pulpits and less puppets. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Powerful Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

Christ has not conquered my affections if He has to compete for my attention. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


Feelings or no feelings, we must pray. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

If we had more hell fire preaching in the pulpit then we would have less hell bound people in the pew. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Love is blind. Marriage is an eye-opener. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it! ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Quit playing, start praying. Quit feasting, start fasting. Talk less with men, talk more with God. Listen less to men, listen to the words of God. Skip travel, start travail. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity; it’s waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Prayer is no substitute for work; equally true is it that work is no substitute for prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Positive Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

The sinner’s prayer has sent more people to Hell than all the bars in America. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.


No man is greater than his prayer life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

If you’re going to be a true Christian, I’ll tell you one thing amongst others: it’ll be a lonely life. It’s a narrow way and it becomes narrower and narrower and narrower. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

Nobody stood by Jesus. Maybe nobody will stand by you. It’s a lonely life, but it’s a glorious life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill.

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