ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edward McKendree Bounds was born on August 15, 1835, in a small northeastern
Missouri town. He attended a one-room school in Shelby ville, where his father served as a county clerk, and he was admitted to the bar shortly before he reached the age of nineteen.
An avid reader of the Scriptures and an ardent admirer of John Wesley’s sermons, Bounds practiced law until the age of twenty-four, when he suddenly felt called to preach the Gospel.
Edward McKendree Bounds has left such a rich inheritance of research into the life of prayer. Prayer was as natural to him as breathing. He made prayer first and foremost in his life because he knew it was the strongest link between man and God. In the time of E. M. Bounds, human weakness, through prayer, could access the power of the overcoming Son of God, Jesus Christ. The same is true to this day.
Bounds was a chaplain in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was captured by the Union Army in Franklin, Tennessee and later released. After his release, he strove to build up the spiritual state of Franklin by starting weekly prayer sessions.
Bounds was an associate editor of the official Methodist newspaper, The Christian Advocate, and is best known for his numerous books on the subject of prayer.
EXCERPT ABOUT McKENDREE BOUNDS
“EDWARD McKENDREE BOUNDS did not merely pray well that he might write well about prayer. He prayed because the needs of the world were upon him. He prayed, for long years, upon subjects which the easy-going Christian rarely gives a thought, and for objects which men of less thought and faith are always ready to call impossible. From his solitary prayer-vigils, year by year, there arose teaching equaled by few men in modern Christian history. He wrote transcendently about prayer, because he was himself, transcendent in its practice.
“As breathing is a physical reality to us so prayer was a reality for Bounds. He took the command, ‘Pray without ceasing’ almost as literally as animate nature takes the law of the reflex nervous system, which controls our breathing.”
-Claude Chilton, Jr., in the Foreword to Necessity of Prayer