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A Review of The Pastor in Prayer: A Collection of the Sunday Morning Prayers of C. H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon once taught his students that a preacher ought to be known for his prayers as well as for his sermons.

  • Byron Snapp
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Charles Spurgeon once taught his students that a preacher ought to be known for his prayers as well as for his sermons. He did not mean this as an opportunity for pastoral pride. He would have been appalled at such thinking from any pastor. Instead, his concern was for the spiritual growth of his students. They were to be often at God’s throne of grace. Their public prayers should evidence a heartbeat for God’s glory, a heart broken over individual and corporate sin, a pastoral passion for sanctification among Christians, and a zeal for the conversion of the lost.

This volume is a compilation of twenty-six prayers recorded verbatim as Spurgeon prayed them prior to preaching his sermons. As we would expect, each prayer evidences a love for God, a love for His people, and a love for the lost. Each prayer is given a title and is referenced to the scripture and sermon that was preached.

Reading these prayers can deepen the reader’s devotional life and uncover neglected areas in personal prayers.

Two appendices point out the importance of prayer among Christians and pastors.

Lovers of Spurgeon’s sermons will enjoy these prayers, as will others who seek material that can enrich their growth in the Lord.


  • Byron Snapp

Byron Snapp is a graduate of King College (B.A.) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He was Associate Pastor at Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hampton, Virginia, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2014. He is a native of Marion, Virginia.  He has had pastorates in Leakesville, Mississippi, and Gaffney, South Carolina.  He served as Assistant Pastor in Cedar Bluff, Virginia prior to his ministry at Calvary Reformed. He has served as editor of the Presbyterian Witness and was a contributor to A Comprehensive Faith and Election Day Sermons. He is currently a member of Westminster Presbytery in the PCA. He and his wife Janey have 3 children and several grandchildren. 

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