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


“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

Faith Based Gifts That Will Bless Your Loved Ones


“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

Print Your Own Prayer Journal


“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

ACTS Prayer Journal Printable PDF Book Get Your Copy


“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

Prayer Devotionals To Help Improve Your Prayer Life


“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

Get Your Printable PDF Prayer Journal


“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