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Power Through Prayer

By E.M. Bounds

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   1: Men of Prayer Needed - Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. If
   2: Our Sufficiency Is of God - But above all he excelled in prayer. The inwardness and weight of his spirit, the reverence and solemnity of his address and behavior, and the fewness
   3: The Letter Killeth - During this affliction I was brought to examine my life in relation to eternity closer than I had done when in the enjoyment of health. In this examin
   4: Tendencies to Be Avoided - Let us often look at Brainerd in the woods of America pouring out his very soul before God for the perishing heathen without whose salvation nothing c
   5: Prayer, the Great Essential - You know the value of prayer: it is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it -- Sir Thomas Buxton Prayer is the first thing, the second thin
   6: A Praying Ministry Successful - The principal cause of my leanness and unfruitfulness is owing to an unaccountable backwardness to pray. I can write or read or converse or hear with
   7: Much Time Should Be Given to Prayer - The great masters and teachers in Christian doctrine have always found in prayer their highest source of illumination. Not to go beyond the limits of
   8: Examples of Praying Men - The act of praying is the very highest energy of which the human mind is capable; praying, that is, with the total concentration of the faculties. The
   9: Begin the Day with Prayer - I ought to pray before seeing any one. Often when I sleep long, or meet with others early, it is eleven or twelve o'clock before I begin secret prayer
   10: Prayer and Devotion United - There is a manifest want of spiritual influence on the ministry of the present day. I feel it in my own case and I see it in that of others. I am afra
   11: An Example of Devotion - I urge upon you communion with Christ a growing communion. There are curtains to be drawn aside in Christ that we never saw, and new foldings of love
   12: Heart Preparation Necessary - For nothing reaches the heart but what is from the heart or pierces the conscience but what comes from a living conscience. -- William Penn In the mor
   13: Grace from the Heart Rather than the Head - Study not to be a fine preacher. Jerichos are blown down with rams' horns. Look simply unto Jesus for preaching food; and what is wanted will be given
   14: Unction a Necessity - One bright benison which private prayer brings down upon the ministry is an indescribable and inimitable something -- an unction from the Holy One . .
   15: Unction, the Mark of True Gospel Preaching - Speak for eternity. Above all things, cultivate your own spirit. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear and your heart full of God's Spiri
   16: Much Prayer the Price of Unction - All the minister's efforts will be vanity or worse than vanity if he have not unction. Unction must come down from heaven and spread a savor and feeli
   17: Prayer Marks Spiritual Leadership - Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such al
   18: Preachers Need the Prayers of the People - If some Christians that have been complaining of their ministers had said and acted less before men and had applied themselves with all their might to
   19: Deliberation Necessary to Largest Results from Prayer - This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitua
   20: A Praying Pulpit Begets a Praying Pew - I judge that my prayer is more than the devil himself; if it were otherwise, Luther would have fared differently long before this. Yet men will not se

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