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One of eight classic eBooks by author E. M. Bounds on the subject of prayer, The Reality of Prayer comprises fifteen chapters on this all-important topic of direct contact with God. These are not theoretical teachings, but the utterances of one whose first-hand experience in the presence of God is unquestionable. Bounds writes about prayer as a princely and sacred privilege that "fills our poverty with God's riches." In the author's words, "Prayer has everything to do with God." He takes readers on a journey through the prayer-life of the Lord Jesus, going into detail on the model prayer, or "Lord's Prayer," the priestly prayer of John 17, and the prayer in Gethsemane. Bounds also writes here about the Holy Spirit and prayer, showing how the Holy Spirit is our helper in prayer.
Few writers have written about prayer with the authority, directness, and boldness of E. M. Bounds. With your computer or mobile device and Olive Tree's Bible Study App, you will enjoy being able to look up hyperlinked verse references immediately as you read this compelling book.
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."