Bounds on Prayer

Woe to the generation of sons who find their censors empty of the rich incense of prayer; whose fathers have been too busy or too unbelieving to pray, and perils inexpressible and consequences untold are their unhappy heritage.  Fortunate are they whose fathers and mothers have left them a wealthy patrimony of prayer.

– E.M. Bounds

Woe to the generation = Have you ever thought about your impact upon those whom you influence?  For those of us with children or grandchildren, it’s a tremendous responsibility.  It’s been said, “Decisions today affect what happens tomorrow.”  It’s true.

Whose fathers have been too busy or too unbelieving to pray = Too busy to pray?  Why isn’t prayer the first thing that comes to mind?  How can we be busy without praying?  And as for belief?  Does our weak prayer life “shout” that we don’t believe?

Fortunate are they whose fathers and mothers have left them a wealthy patrimony of prayer = Does prayer have that affect?  Bounds seems to think so.  If you want to bless your children – to leave them something that lasts – don’t stress about the latest gadget.  Pray for them!   And do it often.

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2 Responses to “Bounds on Prayer”

  1. Reading this reminded me that I used to go home for lunch and pray in each of the boys rooms – and these days I’ve been “too busy” to even take a lunch. I still pray, but there’s something about that quite time, surrounded by all that your children hold dear – and praying – that gives me great peace.

    Thanks for the reminder – God Bless

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