Students of Prayer meeting’s notes (11/12/16) from The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds

We must pray in faith!  We must believe that God will answer!:

  • ”Believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Here is described a faith which realizes, which appropriates, which takes. Such faith is a consciousness of the Divine, an experienced communion, a realized certainty.”
  • “He MUST believe, where he cannot prove”
  • “Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.”

We must praying with Christ-like character (with emphasis on praying for “today” and dispelling anxiety and needless care):

  • “If Jesus dwell at the fountain of my life; if the currents of His life have displaced and superseded all self-currents; if implicit obedience to Him be the inspiration and force of every movement of my life, then He can safely commit the praying to my will, and pledge Himself, by an obligation as profound as His own nature, that whatsoever is asked shall be granted.”
  • “Faith dispels all undue anxiety and needless care about what shall be eaten, what shall he drunk, what shall be worn. Faith lives in the present, and regards the day as being sufficient unto the evil thereof. It lives day by day, and dispels all fears for the morrow. Faith brings great ease of mind and perfect peace of heart.
    • “No amount of praying, done today, will suffice for tomorrow's praying. On the other hand, no praying for tomorrow is of any great value to us today. “
    • So leave tomorrow, with its cares, its needs, its troubles, in God's hands. There is no storing tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's praying; neither is there any laying-up of today's grace, to meet tomorrow's necessities. We cannot have tomorrow's grace, we cannot eat tomorrow's bread, we cannot do tomorrow's praying. 

Our attitude to unanswered prayer (Faith & Patience):

  • We are “…prepared for God’s seeming delays in answering prayer.  Faith does not grow disheartened because prayer is not immediately honored;  it takes God at His Word, and lets Him take what time He chooses in fulfilling His purposes, and in carrying on His work.  There is bound to be much delay and long days of waiting for true faith, but faith accepts the conditions — knows there will be delays in answering prayer, and regards such delays as times of testing, in the which, it is privileged to show its mettle (a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties, or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.)
  • Fear not, O tempted and tried believer, Jesus will come, if patience be exercised, and faith hold fast. His delay will serve to make His coming the more richly blessed. Pray on. Wait on. Thou canst not fail. If Christ delay, wait for Him. In His own good time, He will come, and will not tarry. 
  • Delay is often the test and the strength of faith. How much patience is required when these times of testing come! Yet faith gathers strength by waiting and praying. Patience has its perfect work in the school of delay. In some instances, delay is of the very essence of the prayer.