Why Pray? In his book, The Weapon of
Prayer, Edward Bounds states: "The life of the individual
believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian
graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer."
As a chaplain in the Confederate States Army during the
Civil War, Bounds initiated weekly prayer sessions to
strengthen the spiritual state of his local area. His
wisdom has impacted Christ-seekers for decades, and his
words are as powerful now as they were in the 1800's.
Bounds reminds us that throughout Biblical history, many
of God's greatest movements were incited by the prayers of God's people.
According to Bounds, prayer must be a priority. Other Christian duties,
such as sacred works, communion, and church activities, cannot and
should not take the place of prayer. To eliminate prayer from our daily
lives is to abandon communication with God. It is through prayer that we
have the opportunity to share our deepest sorrows, joys, and desires
with the only one who can truly comfort us. To remind readers that God's
presence steadfastly endures, Bounds concludes his piece by providing
modern examples of the power of prayer.