We can certainly miss the whole point of prayer. This is what E.M. Bounds makes a point of today. Originally, I was posting these excerpts from “E. M. Bounds on Prayer” as pages but am switching to posts instead. Except for today, they will be posted on Mondays.
E.M. Bound’s book is considered a classic. The book I am reading is a compilation of his earlier works first published in 1912. He was born in 1935 and originally a lawyer. He left law and became a Methodist pastor. I will post from his books and then add my remarks.
He is a tough read. He really challenges me as I’m sure he will you. He pulls no punches.
The character of the inner life is a condition of effectual praying. As is the life, so will the praying be. An inconsistent life obstructs praying and neutralizes what little praying we may do. It must be fortified by a life aiming, unceasingly, to obey God.
“Prayer which does not result in right thinking and right living, is a farce. We miss the whole point of prayer if it fails to purge character and change conduct.
Praying must come out of a cleansed heart. The fruit of real praying is right living. “
I had a hard time with the first two sentences myself. But when reading them, their truth rang out. We really can miss the whole point of prayer.
For example, why do we pray if we don’t expect to see a change in our lives? Also, it seems to me, that the more we lead a righteous life, think righteous thoughts, our prayer life gets stronger. So it’s kind of like a circle of righteousness.
Righteous prayer leads to righteous living and righteous living then leads to righteous living. That’s a word, righteousness, we don’t use often these days. Maybe we should.
Maybe we should take stock of the positive changes in our lives. Are there any?
I’m a big believer in monitoring my life. The self-examined life is important. How else will we know if we are improving in some areas if we don’t run a self-check now and then? How will we see the changes that are triggered by our prayer life?
For me, I’m going to use my Bullet Journal for this. Exactly how, I don’t know though.
Once I figure it out, I will certainly post about it.
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