E.M Bounds on Prayer
Why not reflect on one daily?
1 When faith ceases to pray it ceases to live .
2 the faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ ability to do and to do greatly is the faith which prays greatly.
3 faith dispels all undue anxiety and needless care about what shall be eaten what shall be drunk what should be worn. Faith lives in the present and regards the day as being sufficient unto the evil there of. It lives day by day and dispels all fears of the morrow. faith brings great ease of mind and perfect peace of heart. As Isaiah says, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.
4 Faith must be definite specific and 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 believe in gods willingness and ability to do for us. It is to be a definite specific asking for and expecting the things for which we ask. Mark 11 23 says,
Add shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he says will come to pass he should have whatever he says.
5 faith is in the operation of God, a divine illumination a holy energy implanted by the word of God and the spirit in the human soul - a spiritual Divine Principle which takes of the supernatural and makes it a thing apprehendable by the faculties of time and sense.
6 A simple confiding faith living day by day and casting its burden of the Lord each hour of the day will dissipate fear drive away misgiving and deliver from doubt. As it is written,
Be careful for nothing but in everything by supplication and prayer with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to 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. This is the divide prescription for securing the peace which passes all understanding and keeps the heart and mind in quietness and peace.
7 Trust is firm belief; it is faith in full flower. Trust is a conscious act. It is the eye of the newborn soul and the ear of the renewed soul.
8 in the matter waiting in prayer mightiest prayer, faith rises to get its highest plane and becomes indeed the gift of God.
9 the trust which forms prayer centers in a person.
10 Faith is increased by exercise, by being to use. It is nourished by sore trials.
11 Faith grows by reading and meditating upon the Word of God. Most, and best of all, faith thrives in an atmosphere of prayer.
12 Trust is a conscience Act. It is the eye of the new born soul, and the ear of the renewed soul.
13 In the matter of waiting in prayer, Mightiest prayer, faith rises to the highest plane and becomes indeed the gift of God.
14 When trust is perfect and without doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand, ready to receive. Trust perfected, is prayer perfected. Trust looks to receive this thing ask for and gets it. Trust is not a belief that God can bless, that he will bless, but that he does bless, here and now. 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. So that what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.(26)
15 When trust is perfect and without doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand ready to receive. Trust perfected is prayer perfected. Trust looks to receive the thing asked for and gets it. Trust is not a belief that God can bless, that He will bless, but that he does bless, here and now. Trust always operate in the present tense. Hope looks toward the future. Trust looks for the present. Hope expects. Trust possesses. Trust receives what prayer acquires. So what prayer needs at all times is abiding and abundant trust.
16 Prayer is the oral expression of desire.
17 Two things are intolerable to God -insincerity and lukewarmness. Lack of heart and lack of heat are two things he loathes.
18 True prayer must be aflame. By flame prayer ascends to heaven
19 God wants warm-hearted servants. The Holy Spirit comes as a fire, to dwell in us. We are to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire... It takes heat and fervency and meteoric fire to push through to the upper heavens where God dwells with his saints in light.(35)
20 Nothing distinguishes the children of God so clearly and strongly as prayer. It is the one infallible mark and test of being a Christian... But even the Christian has need to cultivate continual prayer. Prayer must be habitual, but much more than a habit. It is duty, yet which rises far above, and goes beyond the ordinary applications of the term. It is expression of relation to God, a yearning for divine communion. It is the outward and upward flow of the inward life toward its original fountain. 39
21 He prays not at all, who does not press his plea. Cold prayers have no claim on heaven, and no hearing in the courts above.
22 Jesus teaches that an answer to prayer is conditional upon the amount of faith that goes into the petition. To test this he delays the answer.
23 Awaiting the onset of our importunity and insistence, is the Father's heart, the father's hand, the fathers infinite power, the father's infinite willingness to hear and give to his children.
24 Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistence which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.
25 The church is God's factory on earth and its primary duty is to create and foster righteousness of character.
54 Obedience is love, fulfilling every command, love expressing itself.
54 Obedience is love, obeying by anticipation... God's commands are not grievous. Their ways are ways of pleasantness and their paths peace.
55 While God commands obedience, he at the same time stands pledged to give us all necessary strength of Will and Grace of soul to meet his demands.
56 The Christian's trade, says Luther, is prayer... Obedience follows love, and prayer follows obedience.
56 If you have an earnest desire to pray well, you must learn how to obey well. If you have a desire to learn to pray, then you must have an ernest desire to learn how to do God's Will.
57 Obedient people have always been the closest to God. These are they who have prayed well and have received great things from God, who have brought great things to pass.
Prayer puts into those who sincerely pray a spirit of obedience.
59 only those who obey have the right to pray.
Faith, its highest form, is the attitude as well as the act of a soul surrendered to God, in whom His Word and His Spirit dwells.
64 in the New Testament, there are three different words, which are translated watch. The first means absence of sleep, and implies a wakeful frame of mind, as opposed to listlessness. It is an an enjoinder to keep awake, circumspect, attentive, constant, vigilant. The second word means fully awake. It is a state induced by some rousing effort which faculty excited to attention and interest, active, cautious, lest through carelessness or indolence, some destructive calamity should suddenly evolve. The third word means to be calm and collected in spirit, dispassionate, untouched by slumber or other influences, a wariness against all pitfalls... Watchfulness must guard and cover the whole spiritual person, and fit that person for prayer.
67 Prayer may well be defined as that force which vitalizes and energizes the Word of God, by taking hold of God himself. By taking hold of the promisor prayer makes personal the promise.
71 prayer puts wheels under God's Word.
85 God sees to it that when the whole person prays, in turn the whole person shall be blessed.
88 Nowhere does humility grow so rankly and so rapidly and shine so brightly as when it feels all guilty confesses all sin and trusts all grace.
89 There is no Christ without humility. There's no praying without humility. if you would learn well the art of prayer then learn well the lesson of humility... the angels are fond of the sack cloth and ashes people.
92 the very essence of prayer is the spirit of devotion.
93 the spirit of devotion puts God in all things. it puts God not merely in our praying and church going, but in all the concerns of life.
96 Gratitude is born of meditation on God's grace and mercy.
97 Love is the child of gratitude. As prayer brings things to us which be get gratitude and thanks giving, so praise and gratitude promote prayer and induce more praying and better praying.
99 Where grace abounds, song abounds.
The main design of all singing is for God's ear and to attract his attention and to please him. it is to the Lord, for His glory and to his honor.
102 No trouble is ever turned loose in this world and comes in the life of Saint row center, the comfort you find permission, and is allowed to exist and do is painful work with God's hand on it or in it, carrying out his gracious designs of redemption. Hardship suffering affliction discipline
God's dealings with people in this world are of the nature of discipline. they're corrective processes in his plans concerning people... has trouble is not sinful in itself neither is it the evidence of sin. good and bad alike experience trouble.
106 Prayer so prepare the heart that it softens under the disciplining hand of God. prayer places us where God can bring to us the greatest good, spiritual and eternal. prayer allows God to freely work with us and in us in the day of trouble. Prayer removes everything in the way in trouble, bringing us to the sweetest, the highest and greatest good. prayer permits God's servant, trouble, to complete its mission in us, with us and for us. the end of trouble is always good in the mind of God. if trouble fails in its mission, it is it because of prayerlesssness, unbelief or both.
107 O the blessedness, the help, the comfort of prayer in the day of trouble! and how marvelous the promises of God to us in the time of trouble!... how rich its sweetness, how far-reaching in the realm of trouble, and how cheering to faith are the words of promise which God delivers to his believing praying ones by the mouth of Isaiah.
I've called you by name, you are mine. when you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through
The rivers, they shall not overflow you. when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you, for I am the LORD the God the Holy One of Israel, your savior.
109 the greatest value in trouble comes to those who bow lowest before the throne.
God's highest aim in dealing with his people is in developing Christian character. He is seeking to make us like himself. it is the presence in us of patience, meekness, submission to the divine will, prayerfulness, which brings everything to him. He seeks to beget his own image in it. And trouble in some form tends to do this very thing, for this is the end and aim of trouble. This is its work. his is the task it is called to perform.
111 Trouble makes earth undesirable and causes heaven to loom up large in the horizon of Hope. There's a world where trouble will never come. but the path of tribulation leads to that world. Those two are there went through the path of that tribulation.
Oh children of God, you who have suffered, who have been tried, whose sad experiences have often brought broken spirits and bleeding hearts, cheer up! God is in all your troubles, and he will see that all shall work together for good, if you will be but patient, submissive, and prayerful.
118 Consecration is the voluntary dedication of one's self to God, an offering definitely made, and made without any reservation whatsoever. It is the setting apart of all we are, all we have, and all we expect to have or be, to God first of all.
119 The consecration which meets God's demands and which he accepts is to be full, complete, with no mental reservation, with nothing withheld.
Sanctification or holiness in its truest and highest sense is divine, the act of the holy spirit working in the heart, making it clean and putting there in a higher degree the fruit of the Spirit.
120 He who gives all to God ,will get all from God. Having given all to God, he can claim all that God for him.
121 Prayer helps the consecrated man in maintaining his altitude of consecration, keeps him alive to God, and aids him in doing the work to which he is called and to which he has given himself.
123 The spirit of consecration is the spirit of prayer. The consecrated soul is the happiest soul. There is perfect harmony between the will of such a man and God, and his will. And the 2 wills, being in perfect accord, brings rest of soul, absence of friction, and the presence of perfect peace.
125 Commonplace religion is pleasing to flesh and blood. There's no self-denial in it, no cross bearing, no self-crucifixion.
126 A full renunciation of self, a free recognition of God's right to us, and a sincere offering of all to Him, this is the divine requirement.
128 There is a certain compassion which belongs to the natural person, which expends its force in simple gifts to those in need, not to be despised. But spiritual compassion, the kind born in a renewed heart, which is Christ like its nature, is deeper, broader and more prayer like.
138 Prayer is far reaching in its influence and worldwide and its effects. It affects all, affects them everywhere, and affects them in all things. It touches man's interest in time and eternity. It lays hold up on 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. Prayer goes everywhere and lays its hand up on everything.
171 Prayer reaches to everything which concerns man, whether it be his body, his mind, or his soul. Prayer embraces the very smallest things of life. Prayer takes in the wants of the body, food, garments, business, finances, in fact everything which belongs to this life, as well as those things which have to do with the eternal interests of the soul... It brings to pass not only large things, speaking after the manner of men, but also the small things.
Both body and soul are dependent on God, and prayer is but the crying expression of that dependence.
173 How much needless care we would save ourselves if we believed in prayer has the means of relieving those cares, and would learn the happy art of casting on our cares in prayer upon God.
176 In God's ability to do, he goes for beyond man's ability to ask.
184 Prayer blesses all things, brings all things, relieves all things, and prevents all things. Everything as well as every place and every hour is to be ordered by prayer. Prayer has the possibility of affecting everything which affects us.
185 Strong words and true words are found in prayer. Desires in prayer I put in words. The praying one is a pleader. He registers prayer by arguments, promises, and needs.
186 Prayer is power and strength, key power and strength which influences God, and is most widespread and marvelous its gracious benefits to man. Prayer influences kind. The ability of God to do for man.
187 Answered prayer is the proof of your real praying.
191 How well assured the answer to prayer is, when that answer is to glorify God the Father!
194 The cure for fear in the face of threatening’s of the enemies of the Lord is being filled with the Spirit. This gives power to speak the word of God with boldness. This gives courage and drives away fear.
196 Just as the asking is specific, so also is the answer specific. The child does not ask for one thing and get another. He does not cry for bread and get a stone. He does not ask for an egg, and receive a scorpion. He does not ask for fish and get a serpent. Christ demands specific asking. He responds to specific praying by specific giving.
205 Think about God. Make much of him, till he broadens and fills the horizon of faith... The marvels of prayer are seen when we remember the God's purposes are changed by prayer, God's vengeance is stayed by prayer, and Gods penalty is remitted by prayer. The whole range of God's dealing with man is affected by prayer.
206 As is the measure of prayer, so will be the answer.
207 There are wonders in prayer, because there are wonders in God. is the measure of the possibility of prayer.
208 Prayer is infinite ignorance cresting to the wisdom of God.
209 The conditions of prayer are exalted into a personal unionwith God... The giving of all good things is conditioned upon asking for them.
215 He who believes in the God of Providence is prepared to see his hand in all things which come to him, and can pray over everything.
225 Asking of God and receiving from the Lord, direct application to God, immediate connection with God, that is prayer.
233 Let us seek to be adept in this great work of praying. Let us be master workmen, in this high art of praying. Let us be so in the habit of prayer, so devoted to prayer, so filled with its rich spices, so in its holy flame, that all heaven and earth will be perfumed by its aroma, and nations yet in the womb will be blessed by our prayers.
235 The law of prayer, the right to pray, rest on sonship "Our Father" brings us into the closest relationship to God. Prayer is the child's approach, the child's plea, the child's right.
238 A life of prayer is the only life which heaven counts.
246 Not to pray is not simply a privation, and omission, but a positive violation of law, of spiritual life, a crime, bringing disorder and ruin. Prayer is law worldwide and eternity reaching.
261 The learned and the wises, following their learning and their wisdom, have always sadly and darkly missed God's thoughts and God's ways.
262 When the stream of prayer is shallow and arrested, the evidence of our son ship becomes feeble and inaudible.
265 Pray for the most impulsive, the most imperiled ones by name.
278 Through many an hour of darkness and of hell's power, through many a conflict with the prince of this world, by drinking many a bitter cup, we are to be made perfect.
281 The measure we receive of the spirit will be gauged by the fervor of faith and prayer by which we seek him.
301 Prayer is faith passing into act.
305 Martin Luther, when once asked what his plans for the following day were, answered, "Work, work, from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I should spend the first three hours in prayer."
323 Inflamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven.
338 To pray well is to do all things well.
344 To have prayed well it is to have fought well. To have prayed well is to have lived well. To pray well is to die well.
346 Our praying advances in power as it makes right our life.
348 The prayer habit is a good habit, but praying only out of habit is a very bad habit. Real prayer helps God and man. God's kingdom is advanced by it. The greatest good comes to us by it. Prayer can do anything that God can do.
350 The aim of all real praying is to get the thing prayed for, as the child's cry for bread has for its and the getting of bread... 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. The answer is Asher to come as the Father's heart can be touched and the father's hand moved.
351 D. L. Moody used to tell a story of a little child whose father and mother had died, and she was taken into another family. The first night she asked whether she could pray as she used to. They said, oh yes. So she knelt down and prayed as her mother had taught her, and when that was ended, she added a little prayer of her own. Oh God, make these people as kind to me as father and mother were. Then she paused and looked up, as if expecting the answer, and then added, Of course you will. How sweetly simple was that little one's faith! She expected God to answer and do and of course she got her request, and that is the spirit in which God invites us to approach him.
351 A friend of mine in Cincinnati preached a sermon when he felt impelled to make another appeal, says Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman. A boy the back of the church lifted his hand. My friend left the pulpit and went to him and said, tell me about yourself. The boy said, I live in New York. I have disgraced my father's name and my mother's heart. I ran away and told him I would never come back until they brought me home dead. That night there went from Cincinnati a letter telling his father and mother that their boy had turned to God. Seven days later a reply came which read, My dear boy, when I got the news that you have received Jesus Christ the sky was overcast - your father was dead. The letter did tell how the father had prayed for his prodigal son with his last breath, and concluded, You are a Christian now because your father would not let you go.
352 A mother asked John B Gough to visit her son to win him to Christ. Gough found the young man's mind full of skepticism, and impervious to argument. Finally he asked the young man to pray, just once. He said, I don't know anyone to whom I could pray. How about your mother's love? Isn't that perfect? Hasn't she always stood by you and been ready to take you in, and care for you, even when your father had kicked you out? He saw the truth of that and said yes. Then pray to love. Will you promise? He promised. That night, the young man prayed in his room. He knelt down, closed his eyes, struggled for a moment and said the words, Oh love. Instantly the verse came to him, God is love. He said brokenly, Oh God! In another flash a voice said, God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. There, instantly, he exclaimed, Christ! Divine Love, show me the light and truth.
It was all over. He was in the light of the most perfect peace. He ran downstairs and told his mother that he was saved. That young man is today a minister of Jesus Christ.
369 Faith and hope, and patience and all the strong beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life.
375 Prayer is the one force which puts God to work in Earth's affairs through men and their prayers.
376 Prayer is but faith resting in, acting with, 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 esteemed people of prayer.
The Lord says, "Be prompt and fall in praying. Do not update you're asking, and I will not update in my giving."
382 Prayer in itself does not interfere in Earth's affairs, but prayer in the hands of God's people moves God to intervene and do things, which he would not otherwise do if prayer was not used as the instrument.
393 The church on its knees would bring heaven on the earth.
394 Praying calms disturbing forces, allays tormenting fears, brings conflict to an end. Prayer tends to do away with turmoil.