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Prayer Quotes – E.M. Bounds

EM Bounds Quotes

    1. Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.
    2. Enthusiasm is more active than faith, though enthusiasm cannot remove mountains nor call into action any of the omnipotent forces which faith can command. Activity is often at the expense of more solid, useful elements, and generally to the total neglect of prayer. To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God, to be busy with doing church work without taking time to talk to God about His work, is the highway to backsliding, and many people have walked therein to the hurt of their immortal souls.
    3. God’s acquaintance is not made hurriedly.
    4. Wise is he in the day of trouble who knows his true source of strength and who fails not to pray.
    5. The little estimate we put on prayer is evidence from the little time we give to it.
    6. What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use— men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.
    7. God does not bestow His gifts on the casual of hasty comers and goers. Much with God alone is the secret of knowing Him and of influence with Him.
    8. The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees.
    9. Prayer is God’s plan to supply man’s great and continuous need with God’s great and continuous abundance.
    10. Life growing in its purity and devotion will be a more prayerful life.
    11. Prayer is the language of a man burdened with a sense of need.
    12. Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.
    13. Nothing is clearer than that prayer has its only worth and significance in the great fact that God hears and answers prayer.
    14. Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.
    15. A consecrated life is both a prayer life and a thanksgiving life.
    16. Wherever there is true prayer, there thanksgiving and gratitude stand hard by ready to respond to the answer when it comes.
    17. The first and last stages of holy living are crowned with praying.
    18. The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.
    19. Trust receives what prayer acquires. So, what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.
    20. I would rather have prayer without words then words without prayer.
    21. Praying men must be strong in hope, and faith, and prayer.
    22. Public prayers are of little worth unless they are founded on or followed up by private praying.
    23. To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God is the highway to backsliding.
    24. A life growing in its purity and devotion will be a more prayerful life.
    25. The goal of prayer is the ear of God.
    26. The spirit of prayer should rule our spirits and our conduct.
    27. No man can do a great and enduring work for God who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying.
    28. Little praying is a kind of make believe, a salve for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.
    29. Prayer thrives in the atmosphere of true devotion.
    30. Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer.
    31. In every truly successful ministry prayer is an evident and controlling force.
    32. Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.
    33. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…Men of prayer.
    34. . . . every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.
    35. A holy life does not live in the closet, but it cannot live without the closet.
    36. Apostasy generally begins at the closet door.
    37. God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil….
    38. God’s cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.
    39. He only can truly pray who is all aglow for holiness, for God, and for heaven.
    40. He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else.
    41. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls.
    42. Holy living is essential preparation for prayer.
    43. Importunate praying is the earnest inward movement of the heart toward God.
    44. It is necessary to iterate and reiterate that prayer, as a mere habit, as a performance gone through by routine or in a professional way, is a dead and rotten thing.
    45. 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.
    46. No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.
    47. No principle is more definitely enforced by Christ than that prevailing prayer must have in it the quality which waits and perseveres, the courage that never surrenders, the patience which never grows tired, the resolution that never wavers.
    48. Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.
    49. Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.
    50. Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying.
    51. Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.
    52. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.
    53. Sainthood’s piety is made, refined, perfected, by prayer. The gospel moves with slow and timid pace when the saints are not at their prayers early and late and long.
    54. The conditions of praying are the conditions of righteousness, holiness, and salvation.
    55. The greatest benefactor this age could have is the man who will bring the teachers and the church back to prayer.

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3 Responses to “Prayer Quotes – E.M. Bounds”

  1. orlando montemayor says:

    pray for me that God will send revival to my heart and soul.I need a move of God in my life…Ask God to help me tarry in his presence.I owe God everything for what hes done for me.

    may God richly bless you all!!

  2. Linda Rivera says:

    Thank you for your many words of encouragement and wisdom on prayer..

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