Bounds considers the basic elements of what makes prayer communion with God: faith, trust, desire, fervency, importunity, character, obedience, vigilance, and the promises of God's Word.
Edward M. Bounds was ordained in 1859 as pastor of the Monticellow, Missouri Methodist Church. He became a chaplain during the Civil War and was taken captive during the first battle of Franklin, Tennessee. After the war, he returned to war-ravaged Franklin to help rebuild it spiritually. He was associate editor of the official Methodist newspaper, The Christian Advocate, until he died in 1913.