E.M. Bounds is an absolutely incredible writer, a bastion of the Christian faith, the theologian of prayer. His words continue to challenge, amaze, and inspire the people of God as they seek to walk closely with the Lord and experience Him through the power of prayer. Power Through Prayer is one of EM Bounds many classic works on prayer. He is practical yet spiritual, challenging us to seek God in passionate and unrelenting prayer. As with all the works of EM Bounds, I heartily recommend this book for its value in the Christian life. It is so amazing to be able to enjoy such incredible classics on the Kindle without having to acquire a stack of books, let alone keep track of them or haul them around with you just in case you might wish to read one. But I digress- ANY work by EM Bounds is a five-star, worthwhile read. Add this one to your collection today!
Although directed towards pastors/preachers, much can be gained by the individual believer from his writing. A powerful case is made for long hours of Prayer every morning. Without regular and intense communication with God, or ministry will be bland and lifeless.
As E. M. Bounds served as an Army chaplain in the Civil War, his thoughts and opinions perhaps carry additional weight. He truly served in the trenches of this evil world and knows what it takes to combat the cosmic powers over this present darkness.
I have never read a book like this book about prayer with such an overwhelming weight, compelling exposition and reasoning in regard to why not only preachers, but christians should pray. What I mean by pray is one that is "...strongly into the heart and life as Christ's "strong crying and tears" did; must draw out the soul into an agony of desire as Paul's did; must be an inwrought fire and force like the "effectual, fervent prayer" of James; must be of that quality which, when put into the golden censer and incensed before God, works mighty spiritual throes and revolutions."(Ch.4)
I can not say I agree with everything Bounds said, but I can not help but be stricken with so many strong statements he made or quoted from the giants of Christianity in the past, among which are as follows (I have to restrain myself from revealing too much of the book):
- Preaching which kills is prayerless preaching. Without prayer the preacher creates death, and not life. The preacher who is feeble in prayer is feeble in life-giving forces. Professional praying there is and will be, but professional praying helps the preaching to its deadly work. Professional praying chills and kills both preaching and praying. Much of the lax devotion and lazy, irreverent attitudes in congregational praying are attributable to professional praying in the pulpit.(Ch.3)
- Prayer--secret fervent believing prayer--lies at the root of all personal godliness. A competent knowledge of the language where a missionary lives, a mild and winning temper, a heart given up to God in closet religion--these, these are the attainments which, more than all knowledge, or all other gifts, will fit us to become the instruments of God in the great work of human redemption. (Ch.4, quoted from Carey's brotherhood)
- Preachers who are great thinkers, great students must be the greatest of prayers, or else they will be the greatest of backsliders, heartless professionals, rationalistic, less than the least of preachers in God's estimate. (Ch.4)
- The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching. (Ch.4)
- Prayer is humbling work.  It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them. ...perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.(Ch.5)
- No ministry can succeed without much praying, and this praying must be fundamental, ever-abiding, ever-increasing. (Ch.6)
- A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully. The desire for God that keeps so far behind the devil and the world at the beginning of the day will never catch up. (Ch.9)
- "The leading defect in Christian ministers is want of a devotional habit." Richard Cecil (Ch.10)
- "I urge upon you communion with Christ a growing communion" -- Sam Rutherford (Ch.11)
- "All the minister's efforts will be vanity or worse than vanity if he have not unction." -- Richard Cecil (Ch.16)
- Apostolic praying was as taxing, toilsome, and imperative as apostolic preaching. They prayed mightily day and night to bring their people to the highest regions of faith and holiness. They prayed mightier still to hold them to this high spiritual altitude. The preacher who has never learned in the school of Christ the high and divine art of intercession for his people will never learn the art of preaching (Ch.17)
- "If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith." -- Martin Luther (Ch.20)
This is an unquestionably must read for Christians who long for sweet and growing communion with Christ and need some fuel and fire to do so.
A powerful message that speaks to the great need of the church today for preachers and leaders who are committed to prayer. Prayers from the hearts of men and women who are fervent in their desire for God and the preaching of the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The bold truth of this book will ignite your prayers with a passion for the fire of revival.
This book is written by a professional minister, to people involved in ministry, and features Bound's exhortation that all ministry is rendered moot and powerless without prayer. It could be compared to a diamond, both in its gem-like character and in terms of having multiple facets all of which look at the topic from a slightly different angle. Not only did I enjoy this book, I was convicted to pray more!
In all my life, I have never seen any person talk about prayer on as many levels as mr. Bounds has done. I tell you this book is phenomenal. It challenges ones faith in God! It demonstrates so well how minute we are without prayer. Not just a formality of prayer but to have that deeper spiritual connection with God. I love it because It's helped me tremendously and I see a difference in my life.
This is just one of those classic books EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD READ: pastors & ministry leaders especially! The principles E. M. Bounds spells out on the priority of prayer over our own ideas and programs for "doing church" would keep us from slipping into that "doing for God" mentality which always disappoints in the end. Men are always looking for better programs, Rev Bounds reminds us, but God is looking for better men (and women). He makes much of the man! Profound words.
Modern religion like modern society, has fallen prey to the idea they know how best to proceed in all matters. But the basis for such belief is a misunderstanding of our true nature. Power Through Prayer defines for us the truth we have yet to understand.