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    E. M. Bounds

    Edward McKendree Bounds (August 15, 1835 – August 24, 1913) was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and author of eleven books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. His books on the subject of Prayer are below:

    The Essentials of Prayer
    The Sunday School Times says, “he was a specialist in prayer and his books are for the quiet hour, for careful meditation and for all who wish to seek and find the treasures of God.” The Essentials of Prayer is sent forth in this spirit.

    The Necessity of Prayer
    In any study of the principles, and procedure of prayer, of its activities and enterprises, first place, must, of necessity, be given to faith. It is the initial quality in the heart of any man who essays to talk to the Unseen. He must, out of sheer helplessness, stretch forth hands of faith. He must believe, where he cannot prove. In the ultimate issue, prayer is simply faith, claiming its natural yet marvellous prerogatives – faith taking possession of its illimitable inheritance. True godliness is just as true, steady, and persevering in the realm of faith as it is in the province of prayer. Moreover: when faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live. Faith does the impossible because it brings God to undertake for us, and nothing is impossible with God.

    The Possibilities of Prayer
    The ministry of prayer has been the peculiar distinction of all of God’s saints. This has been the secret of their power. The energy and the soul of their work has been the closet. The need of help outside of man being so great, man’s natural inability to always judge kindly, justly, and truly, and to act the Golden Rule, so prayer is enjoined by Christ to enable man to act in all these things according to the Divine will. By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love.

    Power through Prayer
    For many Christians, prayer is nothing special, just something we’re supposed to do–go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray. But prayer should be so much more than an item on our “to do” lists. With this time-tested manual for powerful prayer by author E. M. Bounds, you will discover how effective prayers can transform you into a dynamic Christian, gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word, and experience personal and direct communication with God like never before. If you’re ready to unleash more power in your life, join E. M. Bounds on this prayer adventure. There is Power through Prayer–you must only claim it for your life.

    Prayer and Praying Men
    Praying Saints of the Old Testament; Abraham, the Man of Prayer; Moses, the Mighty Intercessor; Elijah, the Praying Prophet; Hezekiah, the Praying King; Ezra, the Praying Reformer; Nehemiah, the Praying Builder; Samuel, the Child of Prayer; Daniel, the Praying Captive; Faith of Sinners in Prayer; Paul, the Teacher of Prayer; Paul and His Praying Paul and His Requests for Prayer.

    Purpose in Prayer
    Purpose in Prayer, another treasure from Edward Bounds on prayer, shows how prayer is the Christian’s lifeline to God. Through prayer, lives truly are changed for eternity. E. M. Bounds knew the secrets of prayer and God’s principles for supplying all needs. In Purpose of Prayer, Bounds shares many of his most cherished teachings on the life of prayer, which is the only effective barrier against the powers of evil so prevalent in this present world. In the words of Bounds, “The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a preventive. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil. Prayer is no fitful, shortlived thing. It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence. It is a voice which goes into God’s ear, and it lives as long as God’s ear is open to holy pleas, as long as God’s heart is alive to holy things.”

    The Reality of Prayer
    The word “Prayer” expresses the largest and most comprehensive approach unto God. It gives prominence to the element of devotion. It is communion and intercourse with God. It is enjoyment of God. It is access to God. “Supplication” is a more restricted and more intense form of prayer, accompanied by a sense of personal need, limited to the seeking in an urgent manner of a supply for pressing need. “Supplication” is the very soul of prayer in the way of pleading for some one thing, greatly needed, and the need intensely felt.

    The Weapon of Prayer
    It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His band is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. “His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.” He rules the world just as He rules the Church by prayer. This lesson needs to be emphasized, iterated and reiterated in the ears of men of modern times and brought to bear with cumulative force on the consciences of this generation whose eyes have no vision for the eternal things, whose ears are deaf toward God.