On the Bookshelf – Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds


power through prayer bookReading is one of the means by which I help myself to continually grow and learn as a Christian, pastor and leader. One of my favourite topics to read about is prayer. So much so that I have well over an entire shelf in my personal library filled with books about this topic. I’m currently reading through E.M. Bounds classic Power Through Prayer – for the second or third time I might add. The book is primarily designed to challenge pastors and leaders in the church to be people of prayer. As I have been re-reading this book, I have greatly been challenged and convicted to pray more faithfully and diligently in my life. May these quotes challenge you to seek God more diligently in prayer in your life too!


“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.”

“The preacher is the golden pipe through which the divine oil flows. The pipe must not only be golden, but open and flawless, that the oil may have a full, unhindered, unwasted flow.”

“Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man.”

“The sermon cannot rise in its life-giving forces above the man. Dead men give out dead sermons, and dead sermons kill. Everything depends on the spiritual character of the preacher.”

“It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God.”

“The preaching man is to be the praying man. Prayer is the preacher’s mightiest weapon.”

“The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official—a performance for the routine of service. Prayer is not to the modern pulpit the mighty force it was in Paul’s life or Paul’s ministry. 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.”

“The true ministry is God-touched, God-enabled, and God-made. The Spirit of God is on the preacher in anointing power, the fruit of the Spirit is in his heart, the Spirit of God has vitalized the man and the word; his preaching gives life, gives life as the spring gives life; gives life as the resurrection gives life; gives ardent life as the summer gives ardent life; gives fruitful life as the autumn gives fruitful life.”

“Life-giving preaching costs the preacher much—death to self, crucifixion to the world, the travail of his own soul. Crucified preaching only can give life. Crucified preaching can come only from a crucified man.”

“Preaching which kills is prayerless preaching. Without prayer the preacher creates death, and not life. The preacher who is feeble in prayer is feeble in life-giving forces.”

“A plea for short praying, live praying, real heart praying, praying by the Holy Spirit—direct, specific, ardent, simple, anointed in the pulpit—is in order.”

“Prayer freshens the heart of the preacher, keeps it in tune with God and in sympathy with the people.”

“Mr. Spurgeon says: “Of course the preacher is above all others distinguished as a man of prayer.”

“Light praying will make light preaching. Prayer makes preaching strong, gives it anointing, and makes it stick.”

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.”

“The preacher’s study ought to be a closet, a Bethel, an altar, a vision, and a ladder, that every thought might ascend heavenward ere it went manward; that every part of the sermon might be scented by the air of heaven and made serious, because God was in the study.”

“It is true that there may be popular preaching, pleasant preaching, taking preaching, preaching of much intellectual, literary, and brainy force, with its measure and form of good, with little or no praying; but the preaching which secures God’s end in preaching must be born of prayer from text to actual presentation, delivered with the energy and spirit of prayer.”

“We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

“How poor and meager our petty, childish praying is beside the habits of the true men of God in all ages! To men who think praying their main business and devote time to it according to this high estimate of its importance does God commit the keys of his kingdom, and by them does he work his spiritual wonders in this world.”


About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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2 Responses to On the Bookshelf – Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds

  1. CeletaC says:

    Hello! I nominated you for the Liebster award, which aims to connect bloggers with each other. My aim was to connect 11 bloggers sharing their faith openly and honestly – I hope my nomination will be okay with you; if not please accept my apologies. The nomination post of mine can be found at http://celetac.com/2015/03/10/paying-it-forward-the-liebster-blog-award-nomination/


  2. Pingback: My Nomination for the Liebster Blog Award | New Life

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