Quotes of E.M. Bounds

“ 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. God is waiting to hear us and challenges us to bring Him to do this thing by our praying. He is asking us, today, as He did His ancient Israel, to prove Him now herewith." 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." 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 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

“ 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. God is waiting to hear us and challenges us to bring Him to do this thing by our praying. He is asking us, today, as He did His ancient Israel, to prove Him now herewith." 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." 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

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

- 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

“ 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

“ 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 when we ought to begin. We let go at the very point where we should hold on strongest… ”

- 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

“ Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need. ”

- E.M. Bounds

“ We can do nothing without prayer. 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

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

- E.M. Bounds

“ We can do nothing without prayer. 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

“ 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, or quit bad conduct. ”

- E.M. Bounds

“ Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct. ”

- E.M. Bounds

“ Straight praying is never born of crooked conduct. ”

- 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

“ Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market. ”

- 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ Trouble and prayer are closely related… Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble. ”

- 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

“ 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. ”

- 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

“ 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

“ 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

“ Trouble and prayer are closely related… Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble. ”

- 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
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