Early in my Christian life I was provided a reading list, similarly seen in major corporations and government agencies today. One of the great established authors on this list covered the subject of prayer. Yes, it was E.M. Bounds, and his classic 19th Century Power Through Prayer. Little did I know until recently that this book with it's Civil War battlefield-proven thoughts on the subject had companions. I had even downloaded a couple of them onto my blackberry. And yet, that was not enough. I had to have my own paper copy, and Kindle copy of this particular writing. Words that could be read not only during travel, but in the quiet of my own home with marker and journal.
It is in this writing that Chaplain Bounds goes beyond his traditional thesis of the Holy Spirit working through great men of prayer, to the more intimate explanation, necessity, and rallying, obviously through personal experience, of the depths and the realities of prayer. You can almost sense the smoke of battle on him as you read, like seeing the glory of God surrounding Moses from being in His presence.
Although a challenging read, as are most writings from the centuries beyond that require an adjustment to reading speed, the resulting navigation and reward are both encouraging and desiring, toward our own use of The Weapon of Prayer.
Don Carmichael, author, Warriors of Peace, Devotions for the Daily Battles of Life