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WHAT'S YOUR OPINION OF PRAYER? (2 0F 4)
Series: Old Testament "Profits"
1. On one occasion I had the opportunity of meeting
the granddaughter of E.M. Bounds. E.M. Bounds is
remembered as a man of prayer and his books on prayer
can be found in just about any Christian Bookstore.
They are considered classics on prayer. I had learned
that Bounds had lived and died in Washington, Georgia
so when I had the opportunity I drove to Washington to
see if I could find his grave. Once I arrived I
learned that the local historical society is housed in
the Bounds home. I was shown the room where Bounds
prayed and as I stood in the room of thought of how he
could be found on his knees at 4:00 each morning in
2. The director at the Historical Society told me
where Bounds was buried but he was not sure of the
exact location of the grave in the cemetery. I went to
the cemetery and began looking. After spending about
an hour looking, I asked a worker if he had an ideal
where the grave was located. He did not know but
mentioned that he thought so and so was a member of
the family. I found a telephone booth and called the
person he had mentioned and learned that she was his
3. She said to me, "It is quite nice that you are
interested in my grandfather." I explained to her how
his books had touched my life." She came to the
cemetery and showed me her grandfather's grave and we
spent about an hour talking about E.M. Bounds. She
shared several stories with me that stirred my heart.
She spoke of how as a little girl hearing her
grandfather praying each morning. E.M. Bounds was a
man that knew something of the profit of prayer.
4. In our text we find those who questioned the profit
of prayer. In our first message we looked at those in
Malachi's day that questioned the profit of service.
We looked at Malachi 3:14, "Ye have said, It is vain
to serve God: and what ...
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