Edward McKendree Bounds Quotes On Praying That Will Inspire, Motivate And Encourage You

Edward McKendree Bounds Quotes On Praying That Will Inspire, Motivate And Encourage You

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“God shapes the world by prayer.” E. M. Bounds

“The most important lesson we can learn is how to pray.” E. M. Bounds

“We do more of everything else than of praying.” E. M. Bounds

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“The first and last stages of holy living are crowned with praying. It is a life trade.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honours God and brings Him into active aid.” E. M. Bounds

“None but praying leaders can have praying followers.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.” E. M. Bounds

“Ask of me is the one condition God puts in the very advance and triumph of His cause.” E. M. Bounds

“The secret of success in Christ’s Kingdom is the ability to pray.” E. M. Bounds

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“The prayers of God’s saints are the capital stock in heaven by which Christ carries on His great work upon earth.” E. M. Bounds

“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God.” E. M. Bounds

“The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.” E. M. Bounds

“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer.” E. M. Bounds

“Pray and never faint, is the motto Christ gives us for praying.” E. M. Bounds

“Secret praying is the test, the gauge, the conserver of man’s relation to God.” E. M. Bounds

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“The secret of prayer and its success lie in its urgency. We must press our prayers upon God.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God’s work.” E. M. Bounds

“A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution.” E. M. Bounds

“The possibilities of prayer run parallel with the promises of God.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer puts God in the matter with commanding force.” E. M. Bounds

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“When prayer fails, the world prevails.” E. M. Bounds

“A holy life is the only preparation for prayer.” E. M. Bounds

“We pray feebly because we live feebly.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is not the foe to work, it does not paralyze activity.  It works mightily; prayer itself is the greatest work.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, the most averse to its use.” E. M. Bounds

“The [prayer] closet…is the battlefield of the Church; its citadel; the scene of heroic and unearthly conflicts.” E. M. Bounds

“This is not a praying age; it is an age of great activity, of great movements, but one in which the tendency is very strong to stress the seen and the material and to neglect and discount the unseen and the spiritual.” E. M. Bounds

“We are in danger of substituting churchly work and a ceaseless round of showy activities for prayer and holy living. A holy life does not live in the [prayer] closet, but it cannot live without the closet.” E. M. Bounds

“Walking with God down the avenues of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.” E. M. Bounds

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“Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people.” E. M. Bounds

“I purpose to take occasion of praying upon the sight of any church which I may pass, that God may be worshipped there in spirit, and that souls may be saved there.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer with so many of us is simply a form of selfishness; it means asking for something for ourselves—that and nothing more.” E. M. Bounds

“It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.” E. M. Bounds

“Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.” E. M. Bounds

“The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is God’s plan to supply man’s great and continuous need with God’s great and continuous abundance.” E. M. Bounds

“Bread for today is bread enough.”  E. M. Bounds

“Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.” E. M. Bounds

“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ.”  E. M. Bounds

“It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God.”  E. M. Bounds

“We cannot talk to God strongly when we have not lived for God strongly. The closet cannot be made holy to God when the life has not been holy to God.”  E. M. Bounds

“The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after his holiness.”  E. M. Bounds

“We regard prayer no longer as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege which is to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”  E. M. Bounds

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him “the mind of Christ,” the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.”  E. M. Bounds

“The Gospel cannot live, fight, conquer without prayer—prayer unceasing, instant and ardent.” E. M. Bounds

“The conditions of prayer are well ordered and clear—abiding in Christ; in His name.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is the helpless and needy child crying to the compassion of the Father’s heart and the bounty and power of a Father’s hand.” E. M. Bounds

“We are charged in God’s Word ‘always to pray,’ ‘in everything by prayer,’ ‘continuing instant in prayer,’ to ‘pray everywhere,’ ‘praying always.’” E. M. Bounds

It is ours to build the bridge that links heaven and earth, and prayer is the mighty instrument that does the work.” E. M. Bounds

“The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God’s work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God’s work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.” E. M. Bounds

“We can never expect to grow in the likeness of our Lord unless we follow His example and give more time to communion with the Father. A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution.” E. M. Bounds

“Prayer is a trade to be learned. We must be apprentices and serve our time at it. Painstaking care, much thought, practice and labour are required to be a skillful tradesman in praying. Practice in this, as well as in all other trades, makes perfect.”  E. M. Bounds

“To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.”  E. M. Bounds

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”  E. M. Bounds

“We are constantly straining to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan or organization. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.”  E. M. Bounds

“Importunity is a condition of prayer. We are to press the matter, not with vain repetitions, but with urgent repetitions. We repeat, not to count the times, but to gain the prayer. We cannot quit praying because heart and soul are in it. We pray “with all perseverance.” We hang to our prayers because by them we live. We press our pleas because we must have them, or die.”  E. M. Bounds

“Enthusiasm is more active than faith, though enthusiasm cannot remove mountains nor call into action any of the omnipotent forces which faith can command. Activity is often at the expense of more solid, useful elements, and generally to the total neglect of prayer. To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God, to be busy with doing church work without taking time to talk to God about His work, is the highway to backsliding, and many people have walked therein to the hurt of their immortal souls.”  E. M. Bounds

“Praying gives sense, brings wisdom, broadens and strengthens the mind. The closet is a perfect school-teacher and schoolhouse for the preacher. Thought is not only brightened and clarified in prayer, but thought is born in prayer. We can learn more in an hour praying, when praying indeed, than from many hours in the study.”  E. M. Bounds

“Praying that does not result in right thinking and right living is a farce. We have missed the whole office of prayer if it fails to purge our character and correct conduct. We have failed entirely to understand the virtue of prayer, if it does not bring about the revolutionizing of life. In the very nature of tings, we must either quit praying or quit our bad conduct.”  E. M. Bounds

“The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.”  E. M. Bounds

“God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.”  E. M. Bounds

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Edward McKendree Bounds Quotes To Inspire, Motivate And Encourage You

Edward McKendree Bounds Quotes To Inspire, Motivate And Encourage You

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“The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” ― E.M. Bounds

“A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.”― E.M. Bounds

“Preaching never edifies a prayerless soul.” ― E.M. Bounds

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“Men and women are needed whose prayers will give to the world the utmost power of God; who will make His promises to blossom with rich and full results. ― E.M. Bounds

“God is waiting to hear us and challenges us to bring Him to do this thing by our praying. He is asking us, to-day, as He did His ancient Israel, to prove Him now herewith.”  ― E.M. Bounds

“Nothing is well done without prayer for the simple reason that it leaves God out of the account.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Public prayers of are of little value unless they are founded on or followed up by private praying.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Short devotions are the bane of deep piety. Calmness, grasp, strength, are never the companions of hurry.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

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“When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Whatever affects the intensity of our praying affects the value of our work.” ― E.M. Bounds

“When trust is perfect and there is no doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand ready to receive.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.” ― E.M. Bounds

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“True prayers are born of present trials and present needs.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Bread for today is bread enough.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge that there will be bread tomorrow.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Part of the blame lies at our door. If we do our part, God will do His.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Around us is a world lost in sin, above us is a God willing and able to save.” ― E.M. Bounds

“That man cannot possibly be called a Christian, who does not pray.” ― E.M. Bounds

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“God shapes the world by prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

 “We can do nothing without prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is of transcendent importance.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God’s work.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Victory today is the assurance of victory tomorrow.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the lungs through which holiness breathes.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day — daily prayer for daily needs.” ― E.M. Bounds

“A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.”― E.M. Bounds

“They thrive best, and get most out of life, who live in the living present.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Praying hearts and hands only can do God’s work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Men are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” ― E.M. Bounds

 “Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer puts God’s work in his hands-and keeps it there.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer gives us eyes to see God. Prayer is seeing God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God is vitally concerned that men should pray.” ― E.M. Bounds

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“The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Men are bettered by prayer and the world is bettered by praying.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God’s greatest glory and man’s highest good are secured by prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Trust perfected is prayer perfected. Trust looks to receive the thing asked for and gets it.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Trust is not a belief that God can bless or that He will bless, but that He does bless, here and now.” ― E.M. Bounds

“So, what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer goes everywhere and lays its hand upon everything.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees.”  ― E.M. Bounds

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.”  ― E.M. Bounds

“When trust is perfect and there is no doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand ready to receive.” ― E.M. Bounds

 “Public prayers are of little worth unless they are founded on or followed up by private praying.” ― E.M. Bounds

“We can learn more in an hour praying, when praying indeed, than from many hours of rigorous study. “― E.M. Bounds

“God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Our whole being must be in our praying.” ― E.M. Bounds

“There is no way of praying to God, but by living to God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Non-praying is lawlessness, discord, anarchy.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees”. ― E.M. Bounds

“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.” ― E.M. Bounds 

“Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.” ― E.M. Bounds

“If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is not only the language of spiritual life, but also makes its very essence and forms its real character.”  ― E.M. Bounds

Behind God’s Word is God Himself, and we read: “Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker: Ask of me of things to come and concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands, command ye me.” ― E.M. Bounds

Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer. ― E.M. Bounds

He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else. ― E.M. Bounds

What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. ― E.M. Bounds

The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer. ― E.M. Bounds

“Spiritual work is taxing work, and men are loath to do it. Praying, true praying, costs an outlay of serious attention and of time, which flesh and blood do not relish.” ― E.M. Bounds

I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. ― E.M. Bounds

Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave the morrow entirely with Him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. ― E.M. Bounds

O for a faith that will not shrink though pressed by every foe; That will not tremble on the brink of any earthly woe. Lord, give us such a faith as this… whatever may come. ― E.M. Bounds

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God’s revelation does not need the light of human genius, the polish and strength of human culture, the brilliancy of human thought, the force of human brains to adorn or enforce it; but it does demand the simplicity, the docility, humility, and faith of a child’s heart.” ― E.M. Bounds

As though God places Himself in the hands and at the disposal of His people who pray – as indeed He does. The dominant element of all praying is faith, that is conspicuous, cardinal and emphatic. Without such faith it is impossible to please God, and equally impossible to pray.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. ” ― E.M. Bounds

He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. ― E.M. Bounds

“Our devotions are not measured by the clock, but time is of the essence. The ability to wait, and stay, and press belongs essentially to our intercourse with God.”― E.M. Bounds

If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” ― E.M. Bounds

“We have emphasized sermon-preparation until we have lost sight of the important thing to be prepared—the heart. ― E.M.Bounds

 “Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The praying which makes a prayerful ministry is not a little praying put in as we put flavor to give it a pleasant smack, but the praying must be in the body, and form the blood and bones. ― E.M. Bounds

“The preacher must have, “bonds of a servant with the spirit of a king, a king in high, royal, independent bearing, with the simplicity and sweetness of a child.” ― E.M. Bounds

“When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s bread.” ― E.M. Bounds

Prayer is no petty duty, put into a corner; no piecemeal performance made out of the fragments of time which have been snatched from business and other engagements of life; but it means that the best of our time, the heart of our time and strength must be given.”

― E.M. Bounds

“Another scheme of Satan is to eliminate from the church all the humble, self-denying ordinances that are offensive to unsanctified tastes and unregenerate hearts. He seeks to reduce the church to a mere human institution—popular, natural, fleshly, and pleasing.”

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“Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by supplication and prayer, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” That is the Divine cure for all fear, anxiety, and undue concern of soul, all of which are closely akin to doubt and unbelief.”

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“Pray for “all men.” We usually pray more for things than we do for men. Our prayers should be thrown across their pathway as they rush in their downward course to a lost eternity.” ― E.M.Bounds

They pray best who pray for today’s needs, not for tomorrow’s, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all!” ― E.M. Bounds

“The ministry of prayer, if it be anything worthy of the name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and after his holiness.”― E.M.Bounds

“It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God — men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it.”― E.M. Bounds

“The preacher must be surrendered to God in the holiest devotion. He is not a professional man, his ministry is not a profession; it is a divine institution, a divine devotion. He is devoted to God. His aim, aspirations, ambition are for God and to God, and to such prayer is as essential as food is to life.”― E. M. Bounds

 The great truths of revelation are neither able to preach nor defend themselves. They must have soldier preachers who proclaim and defend them. They have never conquered as silent force; they have never won as a reserve corps. ― E.M. Bounds

“All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.” ― E. M. Bounds

The dominant element of all praying is faith, that is conspicuous, cardinal and emphatic. Without such faith it is impossible to please God, and equally impossible to pray.”  ― E. M. Bounds

“The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be; the mightier the forces against evil everywhere.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil.” ― E.M. Bounds

“We cannot talk to God strongly when we have not lived for God strongly. The closet cannot be made holy to God when the life has not been holy to God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.” ― E.M. Bounds

We can never know God as it is our privilege to know Him by brief repetitions that are requests for personal favors, and nothing more. ― E.M. Bounds

“No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.”  ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” ― E.M. Bounds

“True prayer must be aflame.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Our praying, to be strong, must be buttressed by holy living. The life of faith perfects the prayer of faith.” ― E.M. Bounds

“A man can pray better because of the prayers of the past; a man can live holier because of the prayers of the past.” ― E.M. Bounds 

“The man of many and acceptable prayers has done the truest and greatest service to the incoming generation.” ― E.M. Bounds

“By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls.” ― E.M. Bounds

“If we would have God in the closet, God must have us out of the closet.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The prayers of God’s saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The stream of praying cannot rise higher than the fountain of living.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer, like faith, obtains promises, enlarges their operation, and adds to the measure of their results.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Men would pray better if they lived better. They would get more from God if they lived more obedient and well-pleasing to God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer and God delivers by prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The preacher is commissioned to pray as well as to preach. His mission is incomplete if he does not do both well.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the outstretched arms of the child for the Father’s help.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God does His best work for the world through prayer. ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer forms the godliest men and makes the godliest world.”― E.M. Bounds

“It is the effectual, fervent prayer that influences God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The lazy man does not, will not, cannot pray, for prayer demands energy. Paul calls it a striving, an agony.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God’s conquering days are when the saints have given themselves to mightiest prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God must help man by prayer. He who does not pray, therefore, robs himself of God’s help and places God where He cannot help man.” ― E.M. Bounds

“We must remember that the goal of prayer is the ear of God. Unless that is gained the prayer has utterly failed.” — E.M. Bounds

“Nothing is well done without prayer for the simple reason that it leaves God out of the account.” — E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the channel through which all good flows from God to man, and all good from men to men.” — E.M. Bounds

“The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer. Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words.” — E.M. Bounds

“The dispensation of the Holy Spirit is a dispensation of prayer, in a preeminent sense.” — E.M. Bounds

“One of Satan’s wiliest tricks is to destroy the best by the good.” — E.M. Bounds

“Luther said: “To have prayed well is to have studied well.” — E.M. Bounds

“Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God.” — E.M. Bounds

“The law of prayer, the right to pray, rests on sonship.” — E.M. Bounds

“Our eyes should be taken off self, removed from our own weakness and allowed to rest implicitly upon God’s strength.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Trust always operates in the present tense. Hope looks toward the future. Trust looks to the present. Hope expects. Trust possesses. Trust receives what prayer acquires.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Why grow we weary when asked to watch with our Lord? Up, sluggish heart, Jesus calls thee! Rise and go forth to meet the Heavenly Friend in the place where He manifests Himself.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The possibilities of prayer are found in its allying itself with the purposes of God, for God’s purposes and man’s praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces.” ― E.M. Bounds

“No man can do a great and enduring work for God who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer was the secret of His power, the law of His life, the inspiration of His toil and the source of His wealth, His joy, His communion and His strength.” — E.M. Bounds

“Blessed is that home which has in it an altar of sacrifice and of prayer, where daily thanksgivings ascend to heaven and where morning and night praying is done.” — E.M. Bounds

“Luther said: “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed,” said the godly Dr. A. J. Gordon, “but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” ― E.M. Bounds

“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.” — E.M. Bounds

Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities-they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.” ― E.M. Bounds

I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. In general it is best to have at least one hour alone with God before engaging in anything else.” ― E.M. Bounds

“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.” — E.M. Bounds

“It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Your efforts have been unsuccessful, because you have sought without what you can only find within. Accustom yourself to seek God in your heart, and you will not fail to find Him.” — E.M. Bounds

“Whitfield once thus prayed, “O Lord, give me souls or take my soul.” After much closet pleading, “he once went to the Devil’s fair and took more than a thousand souls out of the paw of the lion in a single day.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is no fitful, short-lived thing. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God’s ear, and it lives as long as God’s ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God’s heart is alive to holy things.” ― E.M. Bounds

“God is waiting to be put to the test by His people in prayer. He delights in being put to the test on His promises. It is His highest pleasure to answer prayer, to prove the reliability of His promises.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities-they are limited only by the omnipotence of God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it dies, chilled and starved to its vitals.”  ― E.M. Bounds

“The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Paul, Luther, Wesley —what would these chosen ones of God be without the distinguishing and controlling element of prayer? They were leaders for God because mighty in prayer. They were not leaders because of brilliancy in thought, because exhaustless in resources, because of their magnificent culture or native endowment, but leaders because by the power of prayer they could command the power of God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.” ― E.M. Bounds

“To pray is the greatest thing we can do: and to do it well there must be calmness, time, and deliberation; otherwise it is degraded into the littlest and meanest of things. True praying has the largest results for good; and poor praying, the least. We cannot do too much of real praying; we cannot do too little of the sham. We must learn anew the worth of prayer, enter anew the school of prayer. There is nothing which it takes more time to learn. – The Power of Prayer.”― E.M. Bounds

“The soul which has come into intimate contact with God in the silence of the prayer chamber is never out of conscious touch with the Father; the heart is always going out to Him in loving communion, and the moment the mind is released from the task upon which it is engaged, it returns as naturally to God as the bird does to its nest.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is far-reaching in its influence and worldwide in its effects. It affects all men, affects them everywhere, and affects them in all things. It touches man’s interest in time and eternity. It lays hold upon God and moves Him to interfere in the affairs of earth. It moves the angels to minister to men in this life. It restrains and defeats the devil in his schemes to ruin man.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one’s self in God’s glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“To say prayers in a decent, delicate way is not heavy work. But to pray really, to pray till hell feels the ponderous stroke, to pray till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens-this is hard work, but it is God’s work, and man’s best labor.” ― E.M. Bounds

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.” ― E.M. Bounds

 “Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element of prayer. Men must be in earnest when they kneel at God’s footstool. Too often we get faint-hearted and quit praying at the point where we ought to begin. We let go at the very point where we should hold on strongest. Our prayers are weak because they are not impassioned by an unfailing and resistless will.” ― E.M. Bounds

“There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Flamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Other duties become pressing and absorbing and crowd our prayer. “Choked to death” would be the coroner’s verdict in many cases of dead praying if an inquest could be secured on this dire, spiritual calamity.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Pray for “all men.” We usually pray more for things than we do for men. Our prayers should be thrown across their pathway as they rush in their downward course to a lost eternity.” — E.M. Bounds

“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them…. But men’s plans ignore the offence of the cross or despise it. Men’s plans have no profound, stern or self-immolating denial in them. Their gain is of the world.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Mr. Wesley spent two hours daily in prayer. He began at four in the morning. Of him, one who knew him well wrote: “He thought prayer to be more his business than anything else, and I have seen him come out of his closet with a serenity of face next to shining.” — E.M. Bounds

“The goal of prayer is the ear of God,” a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us.” — E.M. Bounds

“We have emphasized sermon-preparation until we have lost sight of the important thing to be prepared – the heart. A prepared heart is much better than a prepared sermon. A prepared heart will make a prepared sermon.” — E.M. Bounds

“ABOVE ALL things, cultivate your own spirit. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear and your heart full of God’s Spirit is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.” — E.M. Bounds

“Prayer is the creator as well as the channel of devotion. The spirit of devotion is the spirit of prayer. Prayer and devotion are united as soul and body are united, as life and the heart are united. There is no real prayer without devotion, no devotion without prayer.” — E.M. Bounds

“The value of prayer does not lie in the number of prayers, or the length of prayers, but its value is found in the great truth that we are privileged by our relations to God to unburden our desires and make our requests known to God, and He will relieve by granting our petitions.” ― E.M. Bounds

“Few Christians have anything but a vague idea of the power of prayer; fewer still have any experience of that power. The Church seems almost wholly unaware of the power God puts into her hand; this spiritual carte blanche on the infinite resources of God’s wisdom and power is rarely, if ever, used – never used to the full measure of honouring God.” ― E.M. Bounds

“When we calmly reflect upon the fact that the progress of our Lord’s Kingdom is dependent upon prayer, it is sad to think that we give so little time to the holy exercise. Everything depends upon prayer, and yet we neglect it not only to our own spiritual hurt but also to the delay and injury of our Lord’s cause upon the earth.”— E.M. Bounds

“Prayer must be aflame. Its ardour must consume. Prayer without fervour is as a sun without light or heat, or as a flower without beauty or fragrance. A soul devoted to God is a fervent soul, and prayer is the creature of that flame. He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven.” — E.M. Bounds

“Prayer puts God’s work in His hands, and keeps it there. It looks to Him constantly and depends on Him implicitly to further His own cause. Prayer is but faith resting in, acting with, and leaning on and obeying God. This is why God loves it so well, why He puts all power into its hands, and why He so highly esteems men of prayer.” — E.M. Bounds

“Faith must be definite, specific; an unqualified, unmistakable request for the things asked for. It is not to be a vague, indefinite, shadowy thing; it must be something more than an abstract belief in God’s willingness and ability to do for us. It is to be a definite, specific, asking for, and expecting the things for which we ask.” — E.M. Bounds

“Thanksgiving is oral, positive, active. It is the giving out of something to God. Thanksgiving comes out into the open. Gratitude is secret, silent, negative, passive, not showing its being till expressed in praise and thanksgiving. Gratitude is felt in the heart. Thanksgiving is the expression of that inward feeling.” — E.M. Bounds

“If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents Him from working. And if prayer moves God to work in this world’s affairs, then prayerlessness excludes God from everything concerning men, and leaves man on earth the mere creature of circumstances, at the mercy of blind fate or without help of any kind from God.” — E.M. Bounds

“When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are, in a measure, shutting tomorrow out of our prayer. We do not live in tomorrow but in today. We do not seek tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s bread. They thrive best, and get most out of life, who live in the living present. They pray best who pray for today’s needs, not for tomorrow’s, which may render our prayers unnecessary and redundant by not existing at all!” — E.M. Bounds

“Satan is always at church before the preacher is in the pulpit or a member is in the pew. He comes to hinder the sower, to impoverish the soil, or to corrupt the seed. He uses these tactics only when courage and faith are in the pulpit, and zeal and prayer are in the pew; but if dead ritualism or live liberalism are in the pulpit, he does not attend, because they are no danger to him.” — E.M. Bounds

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