Saturday, January 05, 2008

E. M. Bounds on the Word & Prayer

Last week at our church I preached on delighting in the Word of God from Psalm 1, and Lord willing, this week I'll be preaching devoting ourselves to prayer. This combination of delighting in the Word and being devoted to prayer, and the need of each for the other, really fires me up. It' s one of my favorite things to preach about.

Well, each week I write a little blurb for our bulleting called "For the Glory of Christ." This week the majority of the blurb is a quote from E. M. Bounds on the subject of the Word and prayer. Please join me in reading this passage carefully, savoring the taste, and then applying what we read to our manner of life.

"The Word of God is a great help in prayer. If it be lodged and written in our hearts, it will form an out-flowing current of prayer, full and irresistible. Promises, stored in the heart, are to be the fuel from which prayer receives life and warmth, just as the coal, stored in the earth, ministers to our comfort on stormy days and wintry nights. The Word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong. Prayer, like man, cannot live by bread alone, ‘but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.’

“Unless the vital forces of prayer are supplied by God’s Word, prayer, though earnest and even vociferous in its urgency, is in reality flabby, vapid, and void. The absence of the vital force in praying can be traced to the absence of a constant supply of God’s Word by which to repair the waste, and renew the life. He who would learn to pray well, must first study God’s Word, and store it in his memory and thought.

“When we consult God’s Word, we find that no duty is more binding, more exacting, than that of prayer. On the other hand, we discover that no privilege is more exalted, no habit more richly owned of God. No promises are more radiant, more abounding, more explicit, more often reiterated, than those which are attached to prayer.”

Amen, Pastor Bounds! May we learn, then, to delight in the Word of God and to continue steadfastly in prayer.

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