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Power Through Prayer

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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
Published February 1st 1983 by Whitaker Distribution (first published 1913)
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Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Daniel Wells
Dec 07, 2014 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.
William Xil
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ningún autor había despertado antes en mí la urgencia sana de la oración, de aquella devoción profunda hacia aquel que se alegra cuando nos acercamos a él, La Fuente. E.M. Bounds explica con ardiente pasión la importancia de la oración, nos motiva con ejemplos de hombres valientes que se movieron por las dificultades de la vida anclados a la oración. La oración tiene un precio que pagar, y el autor consciente de eso nos explica también algunas de las condiciones necesarias para pasar de una orac ...more
Daniel Ligon
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
David Toma
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Eric Durso
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good for everyone, really good for pastors, and great for preachers
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
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
E.M. Bounds presents an intense look into the power of prayer geared towards pastors preaching sermons.

I was encouraged to read of all the church fathers' prayer lives that consisted of 2-8hrs of daily prayer. It's clear we are far from where we need to be today. Many of us don't spend 10min in prayer on a daily basis. However, after taking in all of the author's perspectives, I found his view a bit incomplete. He speaks a bit ambiguous and mystical about prayer. He greatly emphasizes lengthy p
Ryan Hawkins
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prayer
Probably my favorite Bounds I've read this year. One of his shorter works, but very compelling and convicting (as he always is).

He argues that the ministry leader must be someone of deep, fervent, personal prayer. And he argues it very well.

There are many stirring quotes, but here are a few:

"A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do little good for God...It is not simply getting up which brings men to the front and makes them leaders in God's house. I ti
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disappointed with this one as it came highly recommended. The basic premise is excellent (that all the study and planning in the world is wasted if we aren’t praying) but it’s quite repetitive and not very practical. He tells me that I should be able to focus on prayer for hours, but doesn’t tell me how to do that, and also pretty much said that all the short, quick prayers during the day are basically worthless if I haven’t had a long period of focused, uninterrupted prayer before the sun comes ...more
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
Argin Gerigorian
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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
J M Richards MD
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sage instruction from a master prayer warrior.

Although directed towards pastors/preachers, much can be gained by the individual believer from his writing. A powerful case is made for long hours of Prayer every morning. Without regular and intense communication with God, or ministry will be bland and lifeless.

As E. M. Bounds served as an Army chaplain in the Civil War, his thoughts and opinions perhaps carry additional weight. He truly served in the trenches of this evil world and knows what it
C.J. Moore
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good and short read for preachers. The only reason for four stars is that Bounds seems to make prayer a legalistic matter in some ways. There is a notion that preachers should conclude that - if they're bad preachers, it's because they do not pray enough. However, that isn't always the case. There are many other things that could make for a bad preacher. One need not assume that he is not praying enough if his sermons seem to be flat.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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
Sarah Walsh
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Blake Chenoweth
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen Dixon
Oct 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Pearl Ju
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It takes a while since every text made me think deeply about my prayer style. Several questions kept bothering me, 1) how much do you pray a day, 2) what do you pray for, and 3) how seriously do you pray. After every chapter, I had to stop and thought about myself, and at the end of the book, I decided to go to the dawn prayer meeting every day for closer relationship with God. Praying is not always easy and filled with some fulfillment; however, it requires some training such as standing in fro ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Very thought provoking with some excellent quotes but aimed more at pastors.
Dima Belous
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is very convincing and convicting book about personal prayer life that every Christian should have. This book challenged me to spend more time with God in prayer. Author also has great points for ministers as well. He shows how important to have spiritual power at the pulpit and not just eloquence and theological knowledge and education. E.M. Bounds himself spend hours in prayer every morning. You can definitely tell that when you read his book, that he is speaking from his experience.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Power Through Prayer is something you need to read on a regular basis until you drive home in your mind the fact that prayer is the means in which we stay in constant communication with God. And if one does not stay in constant communication with God, they will surely come to realize soon enough that they have fallen away from the faith and never knew Christ at all.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I find praying one of the hardest parts of the Christian life and so recently I've taken to reading a few pages from books about prayer before beginning to pray. This was an inspiring book on the priority of prayer for preaching. The main contention of this book is that powerful preaching can only realized by spending much time in fervent prayer.
Kasie Ewing
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bounds delivered an argument not based on lofty theological concepts, but on the examples of the Saints that had gone before him. Challenging in the most inspiring way, he tests your faith and raises questions about the state of your own soul. I must pray, for it is the only real weapon that I have! My passion has been stirred and desire has sprung up from a dry closet.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book on prayer. It was written for pastors but applicable for any Christian worker. What I loved about this book is reminded me of a former pastor who use to quote from it. While reading I realized prayer made him the pastor he was.
absolutely loved this book. directed towards preachers, it rebukes, rebuilds, and cheers on the prayerless to the most prayerful pulpiteers. a must read for any preacher and a should read for everyone else!
Roger Miller
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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“The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” 63 likes
“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. 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.” 47 likes
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