Bounds on Preaching and Prayer

I came across this quotation from E. M. Bounds when reading Richard Foster’s book, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. Bounds is one of our preeminent writers on prayer from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, there is not always the same emphasis on prayer as a source of power for ministry that we hear when we read Bounds. For those of you who preach or teach, what do you think about Bounds’ claims here?

The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching. Light praying will make light preaching. Prayer makes preaching strong, gives it unction, and make it stick.

2 thoughts on “Bounds on Preaching and Prayer

  1. The longer section that Foster quotes talks about sermons not taking hours but 20 or more years to prepare because God has to prepare the preacher as much as the preacher prepares the sermon. I really like Bounds.

    • Thank you for putting this into the broader context, Adam. I’m a big fan of E. M. Bounds as well. I find that his words constantly challenge me to go to a deeper place as a pastor.

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