A masterpiece of a work by Bounds and very timely!
Short, sweet and to the point this book will convict the flesh out of you! (Tongue in cheek)
Bounds goes through 20 riveting chapters and provides quotes from other admirable men throughout church history who have placed this great emphasis on prayer. (ex. Baxter, Cecil, Edwards, Luther, Brainaird, McCheynne, etc)
One of the few places I disagree with Bounds in his book is when he writes “The genius of a Milton fails. The imperial strength of a Leo fails. Brainerd’s spirit can move it. Brainerd’s spirit was on fire for God, on fire for soul” pg. 30. Because prayer isn’t the be all end all of life, it is means. What Milton has done and what others have done in their respected field is wonderful for the kingdom of God only if it is in the bounds of Scripture. Bounds’ Methodism plays a big factor in him not being able to formulate or comprehend a total Christian worldview, and not only a Christianity with prayer. Prayer without concrete action is dead!
Here are some good quotes:
“The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer” –Bounds, pg. 7
“The scientist loses God in nature. The preacher may lose God in his sermon.” –Bounds, pg. 15
“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is
greater still.” -Bounds, pg. 16
A must read for all so that we can truly understand the depth of weighty nature of prayer.