Friday, December 30, 2016

Edward McKendree Bounds (1835-1913) books on prayer

E.M. Bounds, a Civil War chaplain, knows the need and power of prayer!
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), a Civil War chaplain born in Missouri and died in Georgia, lived prayer before writing. He did not pray to write better, he prayed to live a life pleasing to our heavenly Father. He saw the need for daily "pray without ceasing" prayer.

Power Through Prayer written to encourage ministers, encourages everyone! On page 38 the reader will find "Prayer freshens the heart... keeps it in tune with God and in sympathy with the people..." Chapter headings include:
  • Our Sufficiency Is of God
  • Talking to God for Men
  • "Early Will I Seek Thee"
  • What God Would Have
A few reminders from the last chapter."It is absolutely necessary for the preacher to pray. It is an absolute necessity that the preacher be prayed for." p 99
Paul continually asked for prayer:
  • Romans 15:30
  • Ephesians 6:18-19
  • Colossians 4:3-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:25
  • 2 Corinthians 1:11
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:2 
"He [Paul] impresses the Philippians that all his trials and opposition can be made subservient to the spread of the gospel by the efficiency of their prayers for him." p 104 The author concludes with "Let us pray ardently that God's promise to prayer may be more than realized." p 112

Read from E. M. Bounds: Books on Prayer (Public Domain). Thank you International House of Prayer and Mike Bickle!!!
Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer Missions Base of Kansas City, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship that is engaged in many evangelistic and inner city outreaches along with multiple justice initiatives, planting houses of prayer, and training missionaries.

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