E. M. Bounds has a message: We need to pray. Whereas much of the church is focussing on methods and education, Bounds says the answer to the lack of power in Christian service is simply prayer. Bounds identifies the errors that many make which lead to failure, and uses the lives of great men of God as examples to show the absolute necessity of a serious prayer life. This rousing exhortation should leave a deep impression. “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.” — E. M. BOUNDS
EDWARD MCKENDREE BOUNDS studied law and went on to practise as an attorney for several years. During the Third Great Awakening in America, he felt the call to preach. At the age of twenty-four he was made Pastor of Missouri Methodist Church. He pastored several successful churches, but was above all known as a man of prayer, rising to pray for three hours each morning. His writings on prayer have been best-sellers ever since.