The Necessity of Prayer – Prayer and Trust – EM Bounds

“Trust is faith become absolute, ratified and consummated.”

“…trust is firm belief, it is faith in full flower.”

“Trust is the most felt of all attributes… an unfelt love is as impossible as an unfelt trust.”

“Yet, quite oftem, faith is too weak to obtain God’s greatest good, immediately; so it has to wait in loving, strong, prayerful, pressing obedience, until it grows in strength, and is able to bring down the eternal, into the realms of experience and time. To this point, trust masses all its forces. Here it holds. And in the struggle trust’s grasp becomes mightier, and grasps, for itself, all that God has done for it in his eternal wisdom and plenitude of grace.”

“Trust is not a belief that God can bless, that He will bless, but that DOES bless, here and now. Trust always operates in the present tense. Hope looks toward the future. Trust looks to the present. Hope expects. Trust possesses. Trust receives what prayer acquires. So that what prayer needs, at all times, is abiding and abundant trust.”


51xonLSbrqL. SL160 “For almost a century Edward McKendree Bounds’ (1835-1913) books on prayer have been classic works, stimulating and inspiring Christians to develop a fuller prayer life and become prayer warriors. A forceful writer and deep thinker, Bounds spent the last nineteen years of his life reading, writing, and praying. He rose at 4 a.m. daily for many years, and was indefatigable in his study of the Bible.

As breathing is a physical reality to us, so prayer was a reality for Bounds. He took the biblical command “pray without ceasing” almost as literally as animate nature takes the law of the reflex nervous system, which controls our breathing.”

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