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.