Purpose in Prayer

Purpose in Prayer

by E.M. Bounds

Praying with purpose means making definite, direct requests of God, taking itfor granted that the requests are heard and will be answered. Bounds explainsthe attitude, characteristics, and hindrances behind such prayer.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Prayer
  • Rating: 4.13
  • Pages: 160
  • Publish Date: August 1st 1978 by Baker Publishing Group
  • Isbn10: 0801007380
  • Isbn13: 9780801007385

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I've highlighted MANY passages in the book, and pick it up often when I feel my prayer life is growing cold. Woe to the generation of sons who find their own censers empty of the rich incense of prayer, whose fathers have been too busy or too unbelieving to pray.

Bounds calls his readers to follow the example of Christ as he was a man of prayer. But Christians would be served to also read a more biblically grounded book on prayer.

But the reason I'm reading this book is because I'm not deeply familiar with/understanding of all the scripture dealing with prayer, so when it asserts things without showing me the scriptural support, I'm likely lost, wondering if what it purports is true or not. Earth is changed, revolutionised, angels move on more powerful, more rapid wing, and God's policy is shaped as the prayers are more numerous, more efficient." Again, this is a nice notion, but I'm looking for Biblical support for it. There were numerous other examples where the author made statements about prayer that I really wasn't sure were supported by scripture and would have liked citations, but I'll stop listing them here. Also, sometimes he seemed to cite scripture like this apostle was able to work a miracle when he prayed therefore we should be able to work miracles through prayer as well--- which I think can be a misuse of the text seeing as the apostles were given special power by Jesus-- I suppose it's a great point of debate about whether saints today can "wield" the same power.

I do not know if it is that way for many people, or if God simply decided to use this work to affect me greatly, nonetheless, I think this book would be exceeding beneficial for any believer to read. Rather Bounds writing emerges from one whose life has been profoundly affected by prayer and has seen its effects elsewhere. I recommend this book to all Christians, young and old, mature and immature, and I pray (literally) that the words of Bounds come into the lives of countless other Christians, and that the subsequent prayers of those Christians bring the kingdom of God to bear upon the earth in a way not yet seen.

More than 4 stars It becomes the more convincing to me by really good books written by Godly men, that we search too often more vainly for how to do a thing better, or be a thing better. Better at finding that husband/wife God wants for us. What seems to be making an impression upon me though is that what we lack most is becoming what that one book, the Word of God teaches us. We lack being more like Christ. Be like Me. Would we have so much need of other books if that were true?

The grace of God credited as the effective cause of prayer removes superhero status from men of old, yet Bounds along with many others seem to ascribe the will itself to be cause of all things.

I rarely read a book twice.

In all his books, Bounds writes directly and powerfully about the importance of prayer, and it truly is a joy to read because of what it does to my heart. Again, I loved this book and plan on reading another Bounds book before my prayer times very soon.

Because prayer changes things.

Bounds makes the case that we are to pray for two reasons: 1) b/c God calls us to pray; 2) b/c prayer DOES something.

His writings on prayer are widely acclaimed to be among the finest of any author before or since.