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The Fire That Consumes

E.M. Bounds On Prayer

“Prayer has an incredible power to arrest and change the purposes of God. The stroke of His power is relieved by the prayers of righteous men. . . Everything was possible to the men and women who knew how to pray, and it is still possible today. Prayer, indeed, opened a limitless storehouse, and God’s hand withheld nothing. Prayer introduced those who practiced it into a world of privilege, and brought the strength and wealth of heaven down to the aid of finite man. What rich and wonderful power they had who had learned the secret of victorious approach to God! . . . The casual, intermittent prayer is never bathed in this divine fire. This haphazard way of praying lacks the earnestness that lays hold of God and is determined not to let Him go until the blessing comes. (See Genesis 32:26.) “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), counseled the great apostle. That is the habit that drives prayer right into the mortar that holds the building stones together. “You can do more than pray after you have prayed,” said the godly Dr. A. J. Gordon, “but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer. . . It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God; and that is the purpose of prayer.”
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Taken from E. M. Bounds on Prayer by E. M. Bounds.

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