Wednesday, 2 November 2011

It seems God is limited by our prayer life - that he can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks him - John Wesley

Kenneth Hagin - not John Wesley.
I know, I know, snappy title for a blog entry...
But anyone know where this quote comes from?  Is it even Wesley?  I see it attributed to him all over the place but cannot find a reference for it.  Most of the references I have found on the internet are from people like Kenneth Hagin, Creslo Dollar, and others, who, frankly, are the kind of word of faith / prosperity teachers that make extremely cross. 

Thing is, I don't think the sentiment of the quote is true.  I'm all for spurring people to pray but God can't do anything unless we ask him to?!  I find that hard to accept if God is all sovereign and all powerful. 

Hence I want to find out if anyone knows where the quote is from as I think I would like to see it in context.  It's a long shot... but you never know.


  1. Hi Steve

    Apparently Hagin is quoting from a book, The Two Kinds of Faith, written by E.W. Kenyon. Whether Kenyon is quoting Wesley or Hagin has misatributed the quote I don't know, but I imagine most of the quotes on the internet can probably be traced back to Hagin's use of the quote.


  2. Thanks Kevin. This is exactly the problem that I am finding. And frankly I trust Wesley as a guide a lot more than I do Kenyon and Hagin

  3. I haven't found it in Wesley's journal, sermons or Bible notes, at least not in that form.

  4. Thanks Andrew

    Have you found anything like it?


  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

  6. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  7. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.