7 BOOKS ON PRAYER
By Edward M. Bounds
Edward M. Bounds (1835-1913) practiced law for three years until he was called to preach the gospel. While serving as chaplain during the Civil War, he was captured and held prisoner in Nashville, Tennessee. After his release, he held several pastorates. His books on prayer have been continual best-sellers for over fifty years.
We turn to a saying of our Lord, which there is needed to emphasize, since it is the very keystone of the arch of faith and prayer.
"Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them."
We should ponder well that statement -- "Believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Here is described a faith which realizes, which appropriates, which takes. Such faith is a consciousness of the Divine, an experienced communion, a realized certainty. Is the preservation of the Bounds manuscripts to the present time has clearly been providential.
The Essentials of Prayer is sent forth in this spirit. May God bless it to many hearts and use it for the up building and strengthening of Christian character through the length and breadth of the land.
Power Through Prayer by Edward M. Bounds here
Power through Prayer has been called one of the truly great masterpieces on the theme of prayer. The term classic can appropriately be applied to this outstanding book. In twenty provocative and inspiring chapters, each prefaced with quotations from spiritual giants, Edward M. Bounds stresses the imperative of vital prayer in the life of a pastor.
He says, . . ." every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God's work and is powerless to project God's cause in this world"..
My Creed leads me to think that prayer is efficacious, and surely a day asking God to overrule all events for good is not lost. Still there is a great feeling that when a man is praying he is doing nothing, and this feeling makes us give undue importance to work, sometimes even to the hurrying over or even to the neglect of prayer.
Do not we rest in our day too much on the arm of flesh? Cannot the same wonders be
done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole
earth still to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh
that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where is now the Lord God of
Elijah? He is waiting for Elijah to call on Him.—James Gilmour of Mongolia
What David Brainerd’s Journal did for Cary, Martyn, McCheyne, Bounds’ books can do for thousands of God’s children. He was a man who lived ever on prayer ground. He walked and talked with the Lord. Prayer was the great weapon in his arsenal, his pathway to the Throne of Grace. None who read what he has written can fail of realizing that Edward M. Bounds talked with God, as a man talked to his friend.
“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:9
Rev. Edward M. Bounds was passionately devoted to his beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. His devotion was extraordinary in that he was praying and writing about Him all the time. God gave Bounds an enlargedness of heart and an insatiable desire to do service for Him. To this end he enjoyed what I am pleased to term an inspiration, else he could never have brought out of his treasury things new and old far exceeding anything we have known or read in the last half century. There is no man that has lived since the days of the apostles that has surpassed him in the depths of his marvelous research into the Life of Prayer.
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