Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.
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.
Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.
Prayer puts God’s work in His hands-and keeps it there.
Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.
It is hard to wait and press and pray, and hear no voice, but stay till God answers.
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.
If we would have God in the closet, God must have us out of the closet. There is no way of praying to God, but by living to God.
Praying which does not result in pure conduct is a delusion. We have missed the whole office and virtue of praying if it does not rectify conduct. It is in the very nature of things that we must quit praying.
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 was a Methodist Minister
He wrote books only on prayer. Quotes are all his.
Born 1835 – Died 1913