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Power Through Prayer

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  564 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Do you want to pray with power? Are you experiencing the abundant life? You can discover how effective prayers will transform you into a dynamic Christian with a deeper understanding of the Word. Personal and direct communication with God will revitalize and invigorate you. If you make prayer a key factor in your life, you will know the fullness of divine power. E. M. Boun ...more
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Published February 1st 1983 by Whitaker Distribution (first published 1913)
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A.J.
This book challenged me so much. I pray that I become a man who puts my time with God first. I pray that I give Him my best hours. This is a great read for someone who needs a kick in the butt or for someone who has become complacent in their prayer life. Two of my favorite quotes from the book have to be, "Christ knows nothing of prayerless Christians" and "The Church is looking for better methods and God is looking for better men."
Kristina F
Very clear, simple, straightforward thoughts about prayer. This particular book was directed towards preachers/pastors/elders but most of it would definitely be applicable and beneficial for anyone.

"What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use - men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does
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Emil Bredahl
Amazing book with solid biblical foundation for what prayer is, and why it is so needed in the church and in the life of a christian.

Great book, that I truly enjoyed
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"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." ~ E.M. Bounds, "Power Through Prayer", page 57

When you are done this book you will want to pray more. Actually, when you are reading this book, you will want to put it down and begin to pray. At least that is what happened to me as I read this book.

The thing that spoke the most to me is when E.M. Bounds talks about how we make excuses to pray i.e
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Daniel Wells
Maybe the most convicting book on prayer and its necessity for holiness, effectual preaching, and revival. Highly recommend.
Steve Campbell
Though this book was written in the early 19th century, it seems to be speaking directly to our situation today. Bounds laments the lack of power in the church of his day because of the lack of prayer, especially among the clergy. He makes the point that until pastors get serious about prayer, the people in the church won't get serious about prayer, and the church will remain weak and ineffective. Bounds minces no words, and is spot on in his assessment of the state of the church--in his day and ...more
Argin Gerigorian
A masterpiece of a work by Bounds and very timely!

Short, sweet and to the point this book will convict the flesh out of you! (Tongue in cheek)

Bounds goes through 20 riveting chapters and provides quotes from other admirable men throughout church history who have placed this great emphasis on prayer. (ex. Baxter, Cecil, Edwards, Luther, Brainaird, McCheynne, etc)

One of the few places I disagree with Bounds in his book is when he writes “The genius of a Milton fails. The imperial strength of a Le
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David Toma
Convicting and important reading for our generation!

This is a unique book, that has powerful messages in each chapter. Although written many years ago, it's message is timley and relevant for our generation.

Some of my favourite quotes:

"Study universal holiness of life. Your usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week."

"What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery of better, not new organisations or more and novel methods, but men wh
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clAViD
Recommended to me by Piper who said that "Probably no book has had a greater effect on my prayer life in proportion to its size than [this book.]"

There are different kinds of books... some books are what I like to call "paradigm-shifters." These are books that kind of just rock your world and completely shift old ways of thinking and introduce new ways never before realized. Then there are those books I like to call "cheerleader" books (I'm stealing this term from Nelson). They don't really shif
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Starla Blake
"What the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods. She needs men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through man. He does not come on machinery, but on then. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer!" This quote from E. M. Bounds sums up quite a bit of his message in the book. He discourages "professional praying" and suggests the discipline of t ...more
Ractery
One of the most inspirational books on prayer

After reading this book on prayer my perspective on the importance of it changed. Prayer was a common factor on all the great men of the history of the church. The apostol Paul, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon were some on these list. All of them were men devoted to prayer. Most probably such devotion was the element that activated the powerful hand of God in an special way in their ministry.
Sarah Walsh
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has a heart after God.

Power Through Power might seem like a nice little book to read but it is so much more. It's power, in the lives of believers everywhere, will surely echo in the halls of eternity. I just finished reading this book and my heart has never been so stirred to prayer! Never has a book so challenged and streched me spiritually.. I found myself camping on single pages for days at a time. I have read many great books, but this has made it
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Zhi-en Tan
No matter what technique we have or how well we know the bible, without prayer, teaching does not bring life. Prayer though can't be learnt in theory but must be practiced! No matter how many books you read on prayer it does not make you a prayer warrior
Roger Miller
A motivation kick in the shorts to pray! This is not a book on how to pray-this is a book on why to pray and it's benefits. This book made me hunger to hear EM Bounds to preach and to pray with. Any follower of Jesus would benefit from reading this book.
Jack
E. M. Bounds uses BIG words to make his point. If you insert "Christians" for "Pastors" it can apply better to you if you are not a pastor. He had a lot of good points and I will definitely read this book again.
Seth
Like many great theologians and leaders, Bounds packs a lot of really insightful, rich teaching into a very small space. One of the best books I've read on prayer. He places a lot of attention on preaching, but this book is definitely worthwhile for those who aren't preachers. It is also a book I will be returning to throughout my life.
Margaret Roberts
A powerful reminder, filled with examples and exhortations, of what it means to pray and the importance of it! A good read, that will make you think.
Blake Chenoweth
This little book on prayer is one of my favorites. It is a book that can be read in a day, but it has so many great one-liners in it that you should pause and reflect on them throughout. I am blessed every time I read it. I first read this book from an airplane and was challenged to spend most of the flight in prayer for my ministry. If you are in ministry this is a must-read. I can honestly say sometimes I forget about how powerful prayer really is, and this book is a great reminder.

I gave it 5
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The Scroll
The is the best book on prayer that I have read outside of the Bible. I have recommended it to many people.
Kathleen Dixon
The blurb says this author has a penetrating and forthright style, and I'd agree with that. Unfortunately, this forthrightness is busy telling the readers that there's a serious problem with people in churches because they aren't down on their hands and knees praying for hours every day. Or something like that. Okay, this was written a century ago, and the style of chastising everybody strongly was acceptable then (and still happens in places), but it's definitely not my style.

Oh well - I'm read
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Tim
EM Bounds has perhaps one of the best and inspirational books on prayer for ministers which I have read, including George Muller's classics, but not quite as practical as T.W. Hunt's works. Good to read in preparation of mission trips or ministry and even before praying itself. Best quote: "The closet first, the study and activities second, both study and activities freshened and made efficient by the closet...Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. ...more
Stephanie
Wonderful! A must-read for the church member. Puts prayer into perspective as well as what it means to be a servant of God (a pastor).
Brian
6th time through

Also: 10/2/04; 11/17/03; 10/14/02; 10/8/99; 1994; 1991
Warren
This is the best motivational book on prayer I have read. It was aimed at pastors when written. I can not stell you how many times I have read it but I have worn out three copies of it. It is always on my desk or next to my bed. It has often traveled with me. Prayer can change the world and this book can change your attitude toward prayer. It is not a book on how to pray. There are other books for that. This is a motivational classic on prayer. It is not one to read once but to read over and ove ...more
Timothy Bandi
Excellent. A classic for a reason.
Carla
Although I really enjoyed this book, it seems more suited to a Pastor.
Chris
I've been reading this book a little each morning to help me think about my prayer life and inspire me to more prayer. It's been helpful. Bounds emphasizes the importance of spending a good amount of time daily in prayer, especially for pastors. His style is a little repetitious, and he doesn't offer much practical help. The book is primarily exhortative, but in that respect it is helpful. While it wasn't amazing, I definitely liked it and will probably read more of Bounds in the future.
Paul
There are few authors I will read on this subject and Mr Bounds is eminently one of them. This is motivation for a life of prayer if there ever was one
JJ Vancil
Wow! This book hits you hard. This book convicts, challenges, reminds & encourages. After reading this book, prayer seems bigger, more important, yet widely missed more than ever. If we desire for God to begin working anew in this world, it is going to start with prayer. While the book is a little over a 100 pages, it is so rich with thought and deep with insight that it takes a while to process everything. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to make much of God.
Sue
This book stresses the importance of prayer, particularly for preachers. And, basically, that's it. The point is well taken - for all of us, not just those who preach - but in twenty short chapters (the book is only 128 pages long) I could not find any other message. And some of the requirements he suggests for preachers seem not just radical, but pretty much impossible.

A pity, because the other book I read by EM Bounds was encouraging and helpful.
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Unsuccessful in the California gold rush of 1849, E.M. Bounds returned home to Missouri and became the state’s youngest practicing attorney at age 19. In his early twenties he was deeply impacted by the Third Great Awakening, and at age 24 he was ordained for ministry. During his lifetime he pastored churches, traveled as an evangelist, served as a Civil War chaplain, edited a Christian periodical ...more
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