In this classic eBook, author E. M. Bounds explores the concept of purpose as it applies to prayer, urging readers to consider well the consequences of prayer as well as the inevitable results of the lack thereof. With impassioned words such as the following, Bounds seeks to awaken readers to their solemn but blessed duty:
"God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world." The prayers of God's saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and evil. Woe to the generation of sons...whose fathers have been too busy or too unbelieving to pray."
As with all of the author's books, Purpose in Prayer has the power to change a life and, in so doing, to change the world. Reading this eBook on your PDA or mobile phone, you will be able to use the hyperlinked verse references and Scripture index to connect what you read directly with the Bible.
One who knew this author personally testified that everything Bounds wrote was for the salvation of his readers. The weight, the gravity, the conviction with which E. M. Bounds speaks on prayer make this and all his books a treasure for those who want to know God as he did. Be sure to take advantage of the other books on prayer by E. M. Bounds available from Olive Tree.
Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds (1835-1913) As a young adult, Bounds was ignited by a great revival, and left his legal practice to serve the Lord, becoming an ordained Methodist Episcopal preacher. Shocked by atrocities committed against his countrymen by the invading Union Army during the Civil War, Bounds peacefully refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the Union and was sent to prison, where he continued his ministry among the inmates. Eventually released and sent away, he became a Confederate chaplain on the front lines, praying for his men within sight of them as they fought. After a full year of intense public intercession from Bounds and the surviving men of Franklin, the demoralized town experienced revival. The tireless compassion of this man, who would spend hours each day in intercessory prayer, continued to the end of his life. W. H. Hodge, who was mostly responsible for the publication of E. M. Bounds' books, developed an intimate friendship with the prayer warrior: "At last," he said, "I have found a man that really prays. I shall never let him go. He drew me to him with hooks of steel."