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A fellow Minister (Jim Jones) wrote this on the indicated date and I wanted to share this with everyone who follows this blog. Enjoy!
Thought for the day. . . January 9th

Edward McKendree Bounds (1835 – 1913) was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and author of eleven books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. Many of you will recognize the name by which he is commonly known, E. M. Bounds.  Rev. Bounds has been referred to as “the prophet of prayer,” and his books and writings are classics on this subject, read and quoted over one hundred years after being penned.  One of my favorite quotes from Bounds states,

“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use, men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer.”

Understand that this was written over one hundred years ago, and if true then, how much more so today!  Without doubt the reason we see so few results is so many ministries is this very issue – lack of prayer.  Corrie Ten Boom is quoted as saying, “Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”

I don’t know about you, but I long to see our labor produce “much fruit” for the glory of God. In that great passage on the Vine and the branches in John 15, Jesus tells us that fruit comes in four quantities. There is “no fruit” – “fruit” – “more fruit” – “much fruit.” Do you recall what Jesus said in verse 8?

“Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit.”

Are you satisfied with the fruit your life is bearing for God’s glory?

How much time have you spent in fervent, effectual prayer seeking the filling of God’s Spirit so that the “ministry of Jesus just flows out of you?”

Begin even now to pray!

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