PREACHER AND PRAYER, E. M. Bounds

“Recreation to a minister must be as whetting is with the mower — that is, to be used only so far as is necessary for his work. May a physician in plague-time take any more relaxation or recreation than is necessary for his life, when so many are expecting his help in a case of life and death? Will you stand by and see sinners gasping under the pangs of death, and say: “God doth not require me to make myself a drudge to save them?” Is this the voice of ministerial or Christian compassion or rather of sensual laziness and diabolical cruelty?” Richard Baxter

“Misemployment of time is injurious to the mind. In illness I have looked bock with self-reproach on days spent in my study: I was wading through history and poetry and monthly journals, but I was in my study! Another man’s trifling is notorious to all observers, but what am I doing? Nothing, perhaps, that has a reference to the spiritual good of my congregation. Be much in retirement and prayer. Study the honor and glory of your Master.” Richard Cecil

“Three things make a divine — prayer, meditation,temptation.” Luther If you do not pray, God will probably lay you aside from your ministry as he did me, to teach you to pray. Remember Luther’s maxim, “To have prayed well is to have studied well.” Get your text from God, your thoughts, your words.” McCheyne

CONTENTS

I Men of Prayer Needed
2 Our Sufficiency Is of God
3. The Letter Killeth
4 Tendencies to Be Avoided
5 Prayer the Great Essential
6 A Praying Ministry Successful
7 Much Time Should Be Given to Prayer
8 Examples of Praying Men
9 Begin the Day With Prayer
10 Prayer and Devotion United
11 An Example of Devotion
12 Heart Preparation Necessary
13 Grace From the Heart Rather Than Head
14 Unction a Necessity
15 Unction the Mark of True Preaching
16 Much Prayer the Price of Unction
17 Prayer Marks Spiritual Leadership
18 Preachers Need Prayers of People
19 Deliberation Necessary to Prayer
20 Praying Pulpit Begets Praying Pew

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