Memos to God: A Prayer Journal Based on the Writings of E. M. Bounds—selected readings that motivate you to record your own prayers on a daily basis.
From 1907 to 1931, eight volumes on prayer by E. M. Bounds were published, most posthumously after his death in 1913. Bounds was a pastor in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a confederate chaplain in the Civil War, and an editor for his church newspaper for many years. Yet he is remembered for a rich legacy we can all profit from—an unswerving devotion to the art of praying.
He practiced what he preached, rising at 4:00 a.m. to pray and praying throughout the day without ceasing. Bounds was consumed with the belief that fervent and effectual prayer was life’s great secret, viewing the Word of God and the lives of the great men of God primarily through the lens of prayer.
The purpose of this journal is first to learn the what, where, when, why, and how of prayer, and then to “work at it” in the remaining space provided.
“God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them. Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.”E.M. Bounds, Purpose in Prayer (1920)