Pay Much Closer Attention

The minister, his preaching and prayer

From Power Through Prayer by Edward M. Bounds, chapter 4, Tendencies to be Avoided.

praying handsIt is impossible for the preacher to keep his spirit in harmony with the divine nature of his high calling without much prayer. That the preacher by dint of duty and laborious fidelity to the work and routine of the ministry can keep himself in trim and fitness is a serious mistake. Even sermon-making, incessant and taxing as an art, as a duty, as a work, or as a pleasure, will engross and harden, will estrange the heart, by neglect of prayer, from God. The scientist loses God in nature. The preacher may lose God in his sermon.

2 thoughts on “The minister, his preaching and prayer”

  1. That is one of the most powerful books on prayer and preachers that I have ever read. I love the new format at ccel.org.

  2. Ken – I started reading this after you mentioned the book a couple of weeks ago. Powerful and convicting stuff. I have the complete works of Bounds on prayer but decided to format and print Power through Prayer from ccel.org (a great resource) so I could carry it with me more easily.

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