Book review: The possibilities of prayer (by E M Bounds)

Title: The possibilities of prayer

Author: E. M. Bounds

Publisher: Baker Books

The author, E M Bounds (1835 – 1913), was a prayer warrior. This book was written with the aim of encouraging Christians to lead and maintain a prayer life. The author explained many concepts about prayer: what is prayer, the importance of prayer, how prayer moves the hand of God, the power of prayer, seeing God through prayer, and so on. He also cited examples from the bible on how God did miracles when men prayed, eg the sun stood still for the Israelites to fight the enemies when Joshua prayed. He explained that though some miracles in the bible seemed to defy nature, such as the above example of the sun standing still, it was possible because God is the creator of nature, thus nature is subject to God and under the control of God.

I find this book very insightful. Though it was written more than 100 years ago, the content is still valid for us. The author had a deep understanding on prayer. There are many quote-worthy remarks the author wrote regarding prayer. If I were to underline each of these quote-worthy remarks, every page would be full of lines.

“The possibilities of prayer are the possibilities of faith. Prayer and faith are Siamese twins. One heart animates them both. Faith is always praying. Prayer is always believing. Faith must have a tongue by which it can speak. Prayer is the tongue of faith. Faith must receive. Prayer is the hand of faith stretched out to receive. Prayer must rise and soar. Faith must give prayer the wings to fly and soar. Prayer must have an audience with God. Faith opens the door, and access and audience are given. Prayer asks. Faith lays its hand on the thing asked for.”

PS: I received this book as a gift from a friend. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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