The Necessity of Prayer (eBook)

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Prayer is not an incident or a performance but a passion of soul. It is not a want or half-needed desire but a sheer necessity.

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And all things, whatever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22

Persistent prayer is a mighty movement of the soul toward God, and it stirs the deepest forces of the soul toward the throne of heavenly grace. It is the ability to hold on, press on, and wait. Restless desire, restful patience, and strength of grasp are all embraced in it. Prayer is not an incident or a performance but a passion of soul. It is not a want or half-needed desire but a sheer necessity.


List of Chapters

Ch. 1: Prayer and Faith
Ch. 2: Prayer and Unwavering Faith
Ch. 3: Prayer and Trust
Ch. 4: Prayer and Desire
Ch. 5: Prayer and Fervency
Ch. 6: Prayer and Persistence
Ch. 7: Prayer and Perseverance
Ch. 8: Prayer and Character
Ch. 9: Prayer and Obedience
Ch. 10: Prayer and Surrender
Ch. 11: Prayer and Vigilance
Ch. 12: Prayer and the Word of God
Ch. 13: Prayer and Preaching
Ch. 14: Prayer and the House of God


About the Author

Edward McKendree Bounds was born in Shelby County, Missouri, on August 15, 1835, and died on August 24, 1913, in Washington, Georgia. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 at the age of nineteen, but left the profession five years later when he answered the call of God to the ministry. Beginning in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, he became the chaplain of the Fifth Missouri Regiment of the Confederacy.

Bounds married Miss Emmie Barnett of Eufaula, Alabama, in 1876. By this union, he became the father of two daughters, Celeste and Corneille, and a son, Edward, who died at the age of six. His wife Emmie died in 1886, and later Bounds married Miss Hattie Barnett, Emmie’s cousin. Together they had six children: Samuel, Charles, Osborne, Elizabeth, Mary, and Emmie. However, Charles died at the age of one, so in the end, the family consisted of seven children.

After serving several important churches in St. Louis and other places to the south, Bounds became editor of the St. Louis Christian Advocate for eight years and, later, associate editor of The Nashville Christian Advocate for four years. The trial of his faith came while he was in Nashville, and he quietly retired to his home without even asking for a pension. His principal work in Washington, Georgia (his home), was rising at four o’clock in the morning and praying until seven o’clock. He filled a few engagements as an evangelist during the eighteen years of his life work in Washington, Georgia.


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