Force Of Prayer
By E.M. Bounds
The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be,
the mightier the forces against evil everywhere.
Prayer, in one phase of its operation, is a disinfectant and a
preventative. It purifies the air; it destroys the contagion of evil.
Prayer is no fitful, short-lived thing.
It is no voice crying unheard and unheeded in the silence.
It is a voice which goes into Godís ear, and it lives as long as
Godís ear is open to holy pleas, as long as Godís heart is alive to holy
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers
are deathless. The lips that
uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to
beat, but the prayers live before God, and Godís heart is set on them.
Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them, outlive a
generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.
That man is the most immortal who has done the most and the best praying.
They are Godís heroes, Godís saints, Godís servants, Godís
vicegerents. A man can pray better
because of the prayers of the past; a man can live holier because of the prayers
of the past. The man of many and
acceptable prayers has done the truest and greatest service to the incoming
generation. The prayers of Godís
saints strengthen the unborn generation against the desolating waves of sin and
Woe to the generation of sons who find their censers empty of the rich
incense of prayer, whose fathers have been too busy or too unbelieving to pray.
Perils inexpressible and consequences untold are their unhappy heritage.
Fortunate are they whose fathers and mothers have left them a wealthy
patrimony of prayer.
Where there is prayer there will be much of the Holy Spirit; where there
is much of the Holy Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer.