E.M. Bounds – The Necessity of Prayer

“When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live.

Faith does the impossible because it brings God to undertake for us, and nothing is impossible with God. How great – without qualification or limitation – is the power of faith! If doubt be banished from the heart, and unbelief made stranger there, what we ask of God shall surely come to pass, and a believer hath vouchsafed to him, ‘whatsoever he saith.’ 

Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world.  Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.”

from “The Necessity of Prayer” by E.M.Bounds


Ceasing to Pray

It is relatively quiet this morning.

There is a good breeze swaying the tree branches, filling the air with the rustle of leaves and removing the need for fans.

The water is a little more choppy this morning, its wavy surface reflecting the gray clouds that hint at the forecasted rain.

There is a dark gray bird hopping from branch to branch in the pine tree outside the window.  I don’t know what kind it is, it is not on my bird identification chart; but it is diligently moving through the tree.

And there it goes – off to some other location.

We have had a family of four small raccoons wandering the area recently. We first noticed them one evening when we were standing outside and they came across the back of the property and climbed the neighbor’s pine tree, to sit all huddled together on a couple branches and then peer at us around the trunk of the tree.

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I said it is relatively quiet – outdoors, that is – I can hear the sounds from the tv in the living room – Lightning McQueen and Mater talking and laughing – alongside a small childish voice that is singing one of the songs from the movie.

And as I sit here, smiling at the near perfect pitch in that small voice, I am also considering the admonition for constant, diligent prayer from 1 Samuel chapter 12:

“23. God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

Those two verses pack quite a lot of directives into those few words, and point to the fact that it is a sin when we cease to pray for others.

And so, as I go through my day today, I will be praying for you, dear friends, that the Lord will work in your lives and direct your paths.

God bless.

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