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Power Through Prayer

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  757 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Pastor and civil war chaplain E. M. Bounds penned his slim classic on prayer for the simple reason that Christians don't pray enough. "The little estimate we put on prayer is evident from the little time we give to it," he wrote. "Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still." Bounds' simple, concise volume can help all Christians re ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers (first published 1913)
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A.J.
Jan 12, 2009 A.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-book-list
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
May 03, 2013 Kristina F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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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Daniel Ligon
Jun 20, 2016 Daniel Ligon rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
I appreciate E. M. Bounds' well placed passion for prayer. His writings can certainly be both inspirational and convicting: I certainly haven't arrived when it comes to my prayer life. However, Bounds gets into some dangerous territory here with something of a one track mind when it comes to prayer. There is a ditch on both sides of the road, and Bounds falls into the ditch of the mystics and second blessing crowd. His emphasis on unction is pretty extreme. Listen to some quotes: "This divine un ...more
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
Brandon
Jul 28, 2016 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good for everyone, really good for pastors, and great for preachers
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
Dec 27, 2014 Daniel Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the most convicting book on prayer and its necessity for holiness, effectual preaching, and revival. Highly recommend.
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
Feb 18, 2013 David Toma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
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
Mar 09, 2012 clAViD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Angela Lambkin
Mar 10, 2016 Angela Lambkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! Is this important reading for the believer and minister of the Word!

I found this to be very inspiring and great reminder of how important prayer really can be and to keep the believer alive and strong in prayer and in spiritual warfare. I recommend this for five stars and for any believer in Jesus Christ who wants a more real and stronger player life and power! I received this for free and in return here now is my honest review. Great job E.M. ! By Angela
Starla
Oct 25, 2013 Starla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 01, 2015 Ractery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
William Dillon
Jun 23, 2016 William Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This classic is chalked full of great 'bound-isms' that truly challenge the reader to develop a more intimate, intentional prayer life. My lone critique is that, at points, the overemphasis of prayer does seem to put a sort of duty-based merit system spin on our walks with Christ (though I certainly do not believe this was the author's intent). If taken with a grain of salt and a genuine, God-fearing heart, this book could certainly change the life of the reader!
Sarah Walsh
Jul 25, 2012 Sarah Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2015 Zhi-en Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Lee
May 17, 2016 Richard Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will challenge you to pray

I was challenged biblically and by the many examples of people of the faith who understood the importance of prayer. A good book to read, especially if your prayer life has been lacking.
Roger Miller
Mar 28, 2015 Roger Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
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
Jan 14, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, biblical
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.
Sfiso Msiza
Great book. Every page packed with powerful revelations and testimonies. Will be reading this book over and over, as prayer is a Pillar in Our Relationship with God, as it was and still is for Jesus.
Seth
Jul 15, 2014 Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2015 Margaret Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2013 Blake Chenoweth rated it it was amazing
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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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
Sep 27, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
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
Sep 04, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
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
May 02, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6th time through

Also: 10/2/04; 11/17/03; 10/14/02; 10/8/99; 1994; 1991
Donna Wright
Sep 02, 2015 Donna Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Though provoking on our need to be devoted to God and to prayer.
Warren
Oct 18, 2010 Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jarrett Ray
May 11, 2016 Jarrett Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great
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Edward McKendree Bounds was a Methodist minister, revivalist, author and lawyer.

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
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