“Little Praying is Worse than No Praying”

Wednesday is for Prayer

E M BoundsUnfortunately, some people will see the picture associated with this post and discount everything else because the guy looks old and from another century. Get over your prejudice about old people and older books. Honestly, I don’t think I have read a more humbling book or a more timely one than E.M. Bounds, Power through Prayer. One sentence cascades over the soul and before its effect is finished, another sentence follows and then another and then another paragraph, each with a new power to flatten pride and cut through illusions and reveal the desperate need of a soul to go deeper into Christ.

“Praying is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier not to pray than to bear them.”

“So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times—little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salvo for the conscience, a farce and a delusion.”

I fear that much of my praying is delusion. I fear that much of the praying of the American church is delusion. I fear that we will remain  powerless in the great work of proclaiming the Kingdom until we become mighty in prayer. And that is as it should be.

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