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E. M. Bounds

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Aug 1978
Enhanced Edition~ Annotated & Illustrated to add historical depth to the revival Pastors and Missionaries mentioned in each chapter. Purpose in prayer is another spiritual treasure trove of Biblical study on prayer by Edward Bounds. He describes the purpose behind prayer, so we can better know how to reach out to our Heavenly Father, who is able to do abundantly more for us than we can imagine. Some of the subject covered and mixed with Biblical examples are: Pray with urgency Pray with fervency Pray with consistency Pray in faith Pray to develop trust Always pray with thanksgiving for everything
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Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds, a Methodist minister and devotional writer, born in Shelby County, Missouri in 1835. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar at the age of twenty-one years. After practicing law for three years, Bounds began preaching for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. At the time of his pastorate at Brunswick, Missouri, war was declared, and he was made a prisoner of war for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Federal Government. After release he served as chaplain of the Fifth Missouri regiment [for the Confederate Army] until the close of the war. At that time he was captured and held as prisoner at Nashville, Tennessee. After the war ended, Bounds served as pastor of churches in Tennessee, Alabama, and St. Louis, Missouri. He spent the last seventeen years of his life with his family in Washington, Georgia, writing his 'Spiritual Life Books.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars We should all do some praying! 11 Nov 2000
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
This book gave me more insight to the meaning of prayer. Prayer is based on faith - the desire, belief and expectancy. The author tell us about the energy of prayer, how and why we must be persistent in prayer, and the results that are possible due to prayer. You can create you own results (miracles) by praying (if you know how and why).
Even if you don't take time to read this book, at least learn to how / when to pray and learn what to expect. God wants to be our friend. He ask us to go to our secret place (inside) and talk with him. Who knows? You might see the miracles (results) in your life if you pray nonstop, giving thanks and praise and "asking (the right way) so you can receive (thy will be done)".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purpose In Prayer 3 April 2010
By Michael Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
"Purpose In Prayer" by E.M. Bounds focuses on the real purpose of prayer being that God's children will grow in the likeness of Him.

Among the points covered include:

1. The secret of success in God's kingdom is prayer.
2. God is willing to give but we are slow to ask.
3. Christians fail to get their prayers answered because they do not wait on God.
4. God delights to hear us pray.
5. The people who do mighty things for God are often mighty people of prayer.
6. There is a strong connection between an obedient life and answered prayer.
7. The person who truly prays gets things gets many things from God that the prayerless person doesn't get.
8. Praying people must be strong in hope, faith, and prayer.

A great, encouraging, and challenging read.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never prayed like this before 25 May 2012
By E. J. Boston - Published on Amazon.com
Bounds classic work on prayer is more than I could have hoped it would be. There has never been a book which has so immediately had such a large effect in my life. The number of books which I can point to and say, "That book largely affected who I am as a Christian today," are few. But even so, the number of books that I can point to and say, "After reading only a few pages, my entire Christianity shifted for the better, and the next day, I was a different man," are singular. This book is that book. I do not know if it is that way for many people, or if God simply decided to use this work to affect me greatly, nonetheless, I think this book would be exceeding beneficial for any believer to read.

Book thesis: Prayer is the keynote of the most sanctified life, of the holiest ministry; he does the most for God who is the highest skilled in prayer.

The thesis is supported, but not in argumentative, syllogistic fashion. Rather Bounds' writing emerges from one whose life has been profoundly affected by prayer and has seen its effects elsewhere. Anyone who has the Spirit residing within him will resonate with the words in this book, knowing that they are true even with the lack of researched deliberation. Bounds' "research," so to speak, is his life. Although, it should not be thought that Bounds does not appeal to Scripture. Nor that he is solitary and unique in his consideration of prayer. At the beginning of each chapter, Bounds includes quotations from notable men of Christian history and some remarks they make concerning prayer--such men as Spurgeon, A.J. Gordon, and D.L. Moody. He also interlaces accounts throughout his chapters, showing the importance prayer has played in such men's (and women's) lives. Furthermore, Bounds does frequently refer to Scripture and its contents--whether it be the teachings of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the prayers of Paul, or the wrestling of Jacob.

The chapters are brief, thirteen in all, and adding to a total of 160 pages (in my old edition). But if you are anything like me, they will be some of the most life-changing words you ever read. I recommend this book to all Christians, young and old, mature and immature, and I pray (literally) that the words of Bounds come into the lives of countless other Christians, and that the subsequent prayers of those Christians bring the kingdom of God to bear upon the earth in a way not yet seen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book 8 Nov 2013
By Victory Church - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read for everyone. Minister and saint alike will benefit from this book. You can't put it down. You will want all of his books.
4.0 out of 5 stars so helpful to my own prayer life 22 Oct 2013
By D. T. Kleven - Published on Amazon.com
E.M. Bounds has been so helpful in reinvigorating my prayer life lately. Every day I try to read a chapter and then take whatever insights I glean "into the closet." He is very convicting, and very stirring.

"We do more of everything else than of praying."

"To have God thus near is to enter the holy of holies - to breathe the fragrance of the heavenly air, to walk in Eden's delightful gardens. Nothing but prayer can bring God and man into this happy communion."

"Prayer with so many of us is simply a form of selfishness; it means asking for something for ourselves - that and nothing else. And from such an attitude we need to pray to be delivered."

"He who is too busy to pray, will be too busy to live a holy life."

"There is no stay to the desolating floods of worldliness and business and cares, but prayer."

I definitely recommend this book, and anything else by Bounds on prayer.

You can find this along with The Essentials of Prayer, and Power Through Prayer in E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Hendrickson Christian Classics), a hardback 3-in-1 compilation that includes a short biography of Bounds.
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