Andrew Murray Quotes

Andrew Murray was Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Murray became a noted missionary leader. His father was a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, and his mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. This background to some extent explains his ecumenical spirit. He was educated at Aberdeen University, Scotland, and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After ordination in 1848 he served pastorates at Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town, and Wellington. He helped to found what are now the University College of the Orange Free State and the Stellenbosch Seminary He served as Moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church and was president of both the YMCA (1865) and the South Africa General Mission (1888-1917), now the Africa Evangelical Fellowship.

He was one of the chief promoters of the call to missions in South Africa. This led to the Dutch Reformed Church missions to blacks in the Transvaal and Malawi. Apart from his evangelistic tours in South Africa, he spoke at the Keswick and Northfield Conventions in 1895, making a great impression. upon his British and American audiences. For his contribution to world missions he was given an honorary doctorate by the universities of Aberdeen (1898) and Cape of Good Hope(1907).

Murray is best known today for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Many of his 240 publications explain in how he saw this devotion and its outworking in the life of the Christian. Several of his books have become devotional classics. Among these are Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender, With Christ in the School of Prayer, The Spirit of Christ and Waiting on God.


“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Answered prayer is the interchange of love between the Father and His child.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“God has a plan for His Church upon earth. But alas! we too often make our plan, and we think that we know what ought to be done. We ask God first to bless our feeble efforts, instead of absolutely refusing to go unless God go before us.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The sooner I learn to forget myself in the desire that He may be glorified, the richer will be the blessing that prayer will bring to myself. No one ever loses by what he sacrifices to the Father.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“God cannot hear the prayers on our lips often because the desires of our heart after the world cry out to Him much more strongly and loudly than the our desires for Him.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The root of all virtue and grace, of all faith and acceptable worship, is that we know that we have nothing but what we receive, and bow in deepest humility to wait upon God for it.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Our forgiving love toward men is the evidence of God’s forgiving love in us. It is a necessary condition of the prayer of faith.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“I need to spend time with God even when I do not know what to pray.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Prayer [is] the quiet, persistent living of our life of desire and faith in the presence of our God.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility is the only soil in which the graces root; the lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“How different our standard is from Christ’s. We ask how much a man gives. Christ asks how much he keeps.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The Christian often tries to forget his weakness; God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply. The Christian wants to conquer his weakness and to be freed from it; God wants us to rest and even rejoice in it. The Christian mourns over his weakness; Christ teaches His servant to say, ‘I take pleasure in infirmities. Most gladly …will I…glory in my infirmities’ (2 Cor. 12:9)’ The Christian thinks his weaknesses are his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God; God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success. It is our weakness, heartily accepted and continually realized, that gives our claim and access to the strength of Him who has said, ‘My strength is made perfect in weakness”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Every providence is God’s will; whatever happens, meet God in it in humble worship. Every precept is God’s will; meet God in it with loving obedience. Every promise is God’s will; meet God in it with full trust. A life in the will of God is rest and strength and blessing.” ~ Andrew Murray


“Humiliation is the only ladder to honoring God’s Kingdom.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“It is not the law, and not the book, not the knowledge of what is right, that works obedience, but the personal influence of God and His living fellowship. And even so it is not the knowledge of what God has promised, but the presence of God Himself as the Promiser, that awakens faith and trust in prayer.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Our insight into the need of redemption will largely depend upon our knowledge of the terrible nature of the power that has entered our being.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The truth is this: Pride must die in you or nothing of heaven can live in you. Under the banner of the truth, give yourself up to the meek and humble spirit of the holy Jesus. Humility must sow the seed or there can be no reaping in heaven. Look not at pride only as an unbecoming temper, nor at humility only as a decent virtue: for the one is death and the other is life; the one is hell and the other is heaven. So much as you have of pride within you, you have of the fallen angel alive in you; so much as you have of true humility, so much you have of the Lamb of God within you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“A soul filled with large thoughts of the Vine will be a strong branch, and will abide confidently in Him. Be much occupied with Jesus, and believe much in Him, as the True Vine.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The reality is that a heart desire for prayer is lacking. Many do not know how to spend half an hour with God! It is not that they absolutely do not pray; they may pray every day—but they have no joy in prayer. Joy is the sign that God is everything to you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Precious lessons that Jesus has to teach us this day. We seek God’s gifts: God wants to give us HIMSELF first. We think of prayer as the power to draw down good gifts from heaven; Jesus as the means to draw ourselves up to God.”  ` Andrew Murray


“We prove the value we attach to things by the time we devote to them.” ~ Andrew Murray


“God is love;’ Creation is the outflow of love. Redemption is the sacrifice and the triumph of love. Holiness is the fire of love. The beauty of the life of Jesus is love. All we enjoy of the Divine we owe to love. Our holiness is not God’s, is not Christ’s, if we do not love.” ~ Andrew Murray


“If it is God who has been withholding His presence, exposing the sin, calling for its destruction and a return to obedience, surely we can count upon His grace to strengthen us for the life He asks of us. It is not a question of what you can do. It is a question of whether you will with your whole heart give God what is due Him and allow His will to be done in your life.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The one object God had in making you a branch is that Christ may through you bring life to men. Your personal salvation, your business and care for your family, are entirely subordinate to this. Your first aim in life, your first aim every day, should be to know how Christ desires to carry out His purpose in you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“As bread is the first need of the body, so forgiveness for the soul.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Scripture teaches us that there is not one truth on which Christ insisted more frequently, both with His disciples and with those who came seeking His help, than the absolute necessity of faith and its unlimited possibilities. Experience has taught us that there is nothing in which we come so short as the simple and absolute trust in God to fulfill literally in us all that He has promised. A life in the abiding presence must of necessity be a life of unceasing faith.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The Righteousness of God no longer terrifies man. It meets him as a friend, with an offer of complete justification. God’s countenance beams with pleasure and approval as the penitent sinner draws near to Him, and He invites him to intimate fellowship. He opens for him treasure of blessing. There is nothing now that can separate him from God.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“There are two natures in the believer, and so two ways of seeking holiness, as we allow the principles of the one or the other nature to guide us. The one is the carnal way, in which we put forth our utmost efforts and resolutions, trusting Christ to help us in doing so. The other is the spiritual way, in which, as those who have did and can do nothing, our one care is to receive Christ day by day and at every step to let Him live and work in us.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“It is necessary to understand that it is not sin that humbles most, but grace.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“God desired to reveal himself in and through His creatures by communicating to them as much of His own goodness and glory as they were capable of receiving. But this communication was not meant to give created beings something they could possess in themselves, having full charge and access apart from Him. Rather, God as the ever-living, ever-present, ever-acting One, who upholds all things by the word of His power, and in whom all things exist, meant that the relationship of His creatures to himself would be one of unceasing, absolute dependence. As truly as God by His power once created all things, so by that same power must God every moment maintain all things.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The power to believe a promise depends entirely on our faith in the one who promises.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Learn to cease from your own wisdom as well as your own goodness; draw near in poverty of spirit to let the Holy One show you how utterly above human knowledge or human power is the holiness He demands; to the soul that ceases from self, and has no confidence in the flesh, He will show and give the holiness He calls us to.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“It is only into the thirst of an empty soul that the streams of living waters flow. Ever thirsting is the secret of never thirsting.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because its true nature and importance have been too little apprehended. It is not something that we bring to God, or that He bestows; it is simply the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we see how truly God is everything.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Fear and hope are generally thought to be in conflict with each other, in the presence and worship of God they are found side by side in perfect and beautiful harmony. And this because in God Himself all apparent contradictions are reconciled. Righteousness and peace, judgment and mercy, holiness and love, infinite power and infinite gentleness, a majesty that is exalted above all heaven, and a condescension that bows very low, meet and kiss each other.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“If Christ is to give Himself wholly to me, He must know that He has me wholly for Himself”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The highest glory of the creature is in being a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be everything.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Nothing but the presence of God can reveal and expel self.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The extent of our love to the Lord is shown by the way we obey His commands. Love does all that it can to make the loved one happy.” ~ Andrew Murray


“Not to be occupied with thy sin, but to be occupied with God, brings deliverance from self.” ~ Andrew Murray


“Of God are ye in Christ. It is not as if God placed and planted us in Christ, and left it to us now to maintain the union. No, God is the Eternal One, the God of the everlasting life, who works every moment in a power that does not for one moment cease. What God gives, He continues with a never-ceasing giving. It is He who by the Holy Spirit makes this life in Christ a blessed reality in our consciousness.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Do not try to stir and arouse faith from within. How often I have tried to do that, and made a fool of myself! You cannot stir up faith from the depths of your heart. Leave your heart, and look into the face of Christ, and listen to what He tells you about how He will keep you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; Moment by moment I’ve life from above.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Because of hasty and superficial communion with God, the sense of sin becomes weak and there is no motive strong enough to help you to hate sin and flee from it. Nothing except secret, humble, constant fellowship with God can teach you as His child to hate sin as God hates it. Nothing but the close fellowship and unceasing power of the living Christ can make it possible for you to understand what sin is and to detest it. Without this deeper understanding of sin, we cannot truly appropriate the victory that Christ made possible for us.” ~ Andrew Murray


“The greatest defect of the Old Covenant was that it demanded obedience but did not provide the power for it. The new heart delights in the law of God; it is willing and able to obey it. A promise of God is a thing of faith. If you do not believe it, you cannot appropriate it or put it to use.”  ~Andrew Murray


“One of the worst things sin did for man was to make him selfish, for selfishness cannot love.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeble child can pray, yet it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise. It”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Manifestations of temper and touchiness and irritation, feelings of bitterness and estrangement, have their root in nothing but pride.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Let us look at every person who annoys or agitates us, as God’s means of grace, God’s instrument for our purification, for the working out of the humility Jesus our Life breathes within us.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The whole difficulty is that we wish to pray in the Spirit and at the same time walk after the flesh. This is impossible.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The Spirit must be honored not only as the author of a new life but also as the leader and director of our entire walk.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The more I understand and contemplate Jesus’ surrender of Himself for me, the more do I give myself again to Him. The surrender is a mutual one: the love comes from both sides. His giving of Himself makes such an impression on my heart, that my heart with the self-same love and joy becomes entirely His.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Some receive Christ in terms of the forgiveness of sin and the hope of heaven, yet know little of His fullness and the wealth that is to be found in Him.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The Christian often tries to forget his weakness: God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply. ” ~ Andrew Murray


“The Christian wants to conquer his weakness and to be freed from it: God wants us to rest and even rejoice in it.” ~ Andrew Murray

“The Christian thinks his weakness his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God: God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success.” ~ Andrew Murray


“Let him consider how all lack of love; all disregard for the needs, feelings, and weakness of others; all sharp and hasty judgments and words, so often excused under the plea of being outright and honest; all manifestations of temper, touchiness, and irritation; all feelings of bitterness and estrangement, have their root in nothing but pride, that only seeks itself.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Redemption is too often looked at from its negative side as deliverance from: its real glory is the positive element of being redeemed unto Himself.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Remember that Christ works in and through you, and provides all that God desires for you and all that you need.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“We wish in a halfhearted way to be better than we are. But how few there are who truly ‘‘hunger and thirst after righteousness’’; how few who intensely long for a life of obedience and the continual consciousness of being pleasing to God.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“In Jesus all our fears are removed, all our needs supplied, all our desires met. He, the righteous One, is your righteousness; He, the obedient One, is your obedience. Will you not trust Him for this? What faith sees and desires and expects and accepts, surely it will dare trust Christ to give. ” ~ Andrew Murray


“This is the love of God; not that He gives us something, but that He gives us some one – a living person – not one or another blessing, but Him in whom is all life and blessing – Jesus Himself.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“This is throughout scripture the great central promise: I am with you.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“Therefore every morning, present yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead. He will maintain the life He gave, and bestow the grace to live as risen ones.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“The master judges by the result, but our Father judges by the effort. Failure does not always mean fault. He knows how much things cost, and weighs them where others only measure.”  ~ Andrew Murray


“May God teach us that our thoughts, words, and feelings concerning our fellow man are His test of our humility towards Him.”  ~ Andrew Murray