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Spurgeon's Prayers

Written by: Spurgeon, C.H.    Posted on: 04/09/2003

Category: Sermons

Source: CCN


For more than a century, Charles Haddon Spurgeon's sermons have been consistently recognized, and their usefulness and impact have continued to the present day, even in the outdated English of the author's own day. 

Why then should expositions already so successful and of such stature and proven usefulness require adaptation, revision, rewrite or even editing? The answer is obvious.  To increase its usefulness to today's reader, the language in which it was originally written needs updating.

Though his sermons have served other generations well, just as they came from the pen of the author in the nineteenth century, they still could be lost to present and future generations, simply because, to them, the language is neither readily nor fully understandable.

My goal, however, has not been to reduce the original writing to the vernacular of our day.  It is designed primarily for you who desire to read and study comfortably and at ease in the language of our time.  Only obviously archaic terminology and passages obscured by expressions not totally familiar in our day have been revised.  However, neither Spurgeon's meaning nor intent have been tampered with.                                                   Tony Capoccia

All Scripture references are taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. 

                          Spurgeon's Prayers                                   by                   Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

                            Help From on High

      You who are King of kings and Lord of lords, we worship You.

                      Before Jehovah's awful throne                         We bow with sacred joy.

We can truly say that we delight in God.  There was a time when we feared You, O God, with the fear of bondage.  Now we reverence, but we love as much as we reverence.  The thought of Your Omnipresence was once horrible to us.  We said: "Where shall we flee from His presence?" and it seemed to make hell itself more dreadful because we heard a voice, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there:" But now, O Lord, we desire to find You.  Our longing is to feel Your presence, and it is the heaven of heavens when You are there.  The sick bed is soft when You are there.  The furnace of affliction grows cool when You are there, and the house of prayer when You are present is none other than the house of God, and it is the very gate of heaven.

Come near, our Father, come very near to Your children.  Some of us are very weak in body and faint in heart.  Soon, O God, lay Your right hand on us and say to us, "Fear not."  Perhaps, some of us are alike, and the world is attracting us.  Come near to kill the influence of the world with Your superior power.

Even to worship may not seem easy to some.  The dragon seems to pursue them, and floods out of his mouth wash away their devotion.  Give to them great wings as of an eagle, that each one may fly away in the place prepared for him and rest in the presence of God today.

Our Father, come and rest Your children now.  Take the helmet from our brow, remove from us the weight of our heavy armor for awhile, and may we just have peace, perfect peace, and be at rest.  Oh! help us, we pray You, now.  As You have already washed Your people in the fountain filled with blood and they are clean, now this morning wash us from defilement in the water.  With the basin and with the pitcher, O Master, wash our feet again.  It will greatly refresh; it will prepare us for innermost fellowship with Yourself.  So did the priests wash before they went in the holy place.

Lord Jesus, take from us now everything that would hinder the closest communion with God.  Any wish or desire that might hamper us in prayer remove, we pray You.  Any memory of either sorrow or care that might hinder the fixing of our affection wholly on our God, take it away now.  What have we to do with idols any more?  You have seen and observed us.  You know where the difficulty lies.  Help us against it, and may we now come boldly, not in the Holy place alone, but in the Holiest of all, where we should not dare to come if our great Lord had not torn the veil, sprinkled the mercy seat with His own blood, and asked us to enter.

Now, we have come close up to Yourself, to the light that shines between the wings of the Cherubim, and we speak with You now as a man speaks with his friends.  Our God, we are Yours.  You are ours.  We are now concerned in one business, we are leagued together for one battle.  Your battle is our battle, and our fight is Yours.  Help us, we pray You.  You who strengthen Michael and his angels to cast out the dragon and his angels, help poor flesh and blood that to us also the word may be fulfilled: "The Lord shall bruise Satan under your feet, shortly."

Our Father, we are very weak.  Worst of all we are very wicked if left to ourselves, and we soon fall a prey to the enemy.  Therefore help us.  We confess that sometimes in prayer when we are nearest to You at that very time some evil thought comes in, some wicked desire.  Oh! what poor simpletons we are.  Lord help us.  We feel as if we would now come closer to You still and hide under the shadow of Your wings.  We wish to be lost in God.  We pray that You may live in us, and not we live, but Christ live in us and show Himself in us and through us.

Lord sanctify us.  Oh! that Your spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God.

Come, Holy Spirit, we do know You; You have often overshadowed us.  Come, more fully take possession of us.  Standing now as we feel we are right up at the mercy seat our very highest prayer is for perfect holiness, complete consecration, entire cleansing from every evil.  Take our heart, our head, our hands, our feet, and use us all for You.  Lord take our substance, let us not hoard it for ourselves, nor spend it for ourselves.  Take our talent let us not try to educate ourselves that we may have the reputation of being wise, but let every gain of mental attainment be still that we may serve You better.

May every breath be for You; may every minute be spent for You.  Help us to live while we live and while we are busy in the world as we must be, for we are called to it, may we sanctify the world for Your service.  May we be lumps of salt in the midst of society.  May our spirit and temper as well as our conversation be heavenly; may there be an influence about us that shall make the world the better before we leave it.  Lord hear us in this thing.

And now that we have Your ear we would pray for this poor world in which we live.  We are often horrified by it.  O, Lord, we could wish that we did not know anything about it for our own comfort.  We have said, "Oh, for a house in some vast wilderness!"  We hear of oppression and robbery and murder, and men seem let loose against each other.  Lord, have mercy on this great and wicked city.  What is to be done with these millions? What can we do?  At least help every child of Yours to do his utmost.  May none of us contribute to the evil directly or indirectly, but may we contribute to the Good that is in it.

We feel we may speak with You now about this, for when Your servant Abraham stood before You and spoke with such wonderful familiarity to You, he pleaded for Sodom; and we plead for London.  We would follow the example of the Father of the Faithful and pray for all great cities, and indeed for all the nations.  Lord let Your kingdom come.  Send forth Your light and Your truth.  Chase the old dragon from his throne with all his hellish crew.  Oh! that the day might come when even on earth the Son of the woman, the Man-child, should rule the nations, not with a broken staff of wood, but with an enduring scepter of iron, full of mercy, but full of power, full of grace, but yet irresistible.  Oh! that that might soon come, the personal advent of our Lord!  We long for the millennial triumph of His Word.

Until then, O Lord, prepare us for the fight, and make us to be among those who overcome through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of our testimony, because we "do not want to love our lives more than death."

We lift our voice to You in prayer; also, for all our dear ones.  Lord bless the sick and make them well as soon as it is right they should be.  Sanctify to them all they have to bear.  There are also dear friends who are very weak; some are trembling.  God bless them.  While the tent is being taken down, may the inhabitant within look on with calm joy, for we shall by and by "be clothed with our house that is from heaven."  Lord help us to not cling to all these things here below.  May we live here like strangers and make the world not a house but an inn in which we eat and lodge, expecting to be on our journey tomorrow.

Lord save the unconverted, and bring out, we pray You, from among them those who are converted, but who have not confessed Christ.  May the church be built up by many who, having believed, are baptized unto the sacred name.  We pray You go on and multiply the faithful in the land.  Oh! that You would turn the hearts of men to the gospel once more.  Your servant is often very heavy in heart because of the departures from the faith.  Oh I bring them back; let not Satan take away any more of the stars with his tail, but may the lamps of God shine bright.  Oh! You that walk among the seven golden candlesticks trim the flame, pour forth the oil, and let the light shine brightly and steadily.  Now, Lord, we cannot pray any longer, though we have a thousand things to ask for.  Your servant cannot, so he begs to leave a broken prayer at the mercy seat with this at the foot of it: We ask in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son.  Amen.

                        The Wonders of Calvary

Great God, there was a time when we dreaded the thought of coming near to You, for we were guilty and You were angry with us, but now we will praise You because Your anger is turned away and You comfort us.  Yes, and the very throne which once was a place of dread has now become the place of shelter.  I flee to You to hide me.

We long now to get away from the world, even from the remembrance of it and have fellowship with the world to come by speaking with Him that was, and is, and is to come, the Almighty.  Lord we have been worried and wearied oftentimes with care, but with You care comes to an end, all things are with You, and when we live in You, we live in wealth, in sure repose, in constant joy.

We have to battle with the sons of men against a thousand errors and unrighteousnesses, but when we flee to You, there is all truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace.  Above all, we have to battle with ourselves, and we are very much ashamed of ourselves.  After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.

Oh! bring us, then, we pray You, now near to Yourself.  Let us bathe ourselves in communion with our God.  Blessed be the love which chose us before the world began.  We can never sufficiently adore You for Your sovereignty, the sovereignty of love which saw us in the ruins of the Fall, yet loved us anyway.

We praise the God of the Eternal Council Chamber and of the Everlasting Covenant, but where shall we find sufficiently fit words with which to praise Him who gave us grace in Christ His Son, before He spread the starry sky.

We also bless You, O God, as the God of our redemption, for You have so loved us as to give even Your dear Son for us.  He gave Himself, His very life for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and separate us unto Himself to be His peculiar people, zealous for good works.

Never can we sufficiently adore free grace and undying love.  The wonders of Calvary never cease to be wonders, they are growing more marvelous in our esteem as we think of Him who washed us from our sins in His own blood.  Nor can we cease to praise the God of our regeneration who found us dead and made us live, found us at enmity and reconciled us, found us loving the things of this world and lifted us out of the muck and mire of selfishness and worldliness in the love of divine everlasting things.

O Spirit of God, we love You this day, especially for dwelling in us.  How can You abide in so rude a habitation, How can You make these bodies to be Your temples, and yet You do so, for which let Your name be held in reverence so long as we live.

O Lord, we would delight ourselves in You this day.  Give us faith and love and hope that with these three graces we may draw very near to the Triune God.  You will keep us, You will preserve us, You will feed us, You will lead us, and You will bring us to the mind of God, and there will You show us Your love, and in the glory everlasting and boundless, there will You make us know and taste and feel the joys that cannot be expressed.

But a little longer waiting and we shall come to the golden shore; but a little longer fighting and we shall receive the crown of life that does not fade away.

Lord, get us up above the world.  Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, and mount and bear us on Your wings, far from these inferior sorrows and inferior joys, up where eternal ages roll.  May we ascend in joyful contemplation, and may our spirit come back again, strong for all its service, armed for all its battles, armored for all its dangers, and made ready to live heaven on earth until soon we shall live heaven in heaven.  Great Father, be with Your waiting people, any in great trouble please greatly help; any that are despondent sweetly comfort and cheer; any that have erred and are smarting under their own sin, bring them back and heal their wounds; any that are panting after holiness give them the desire of their hearts; any that are longing for usefulness lead them in ways of usefulness.

Lord, we want to live while we live.  We do pray that we may not merely groan out an existence here below, nor live as earthworms crawling back in our holes and dragging now and then a withered leaf with us; but Oh! give us to live as we ought to live, with a new life that You have put in us, with the divine quickening which has lifted us as much above common men as men are lifted above the beasts that perish.

Do not let us always be hampered like poor half-hatched birds within the egg; may we chip the shell today and get out in the glorious liberty of the children of God.  Grant us this, we pray You.

Lord, visit our church.  We have heard Your message to the churches at Ephesus; it is a message to us also.  Oh! do not let any of us lose our first love.  Let not our church grow cold and dead.  We are not, we fear, what once we were.  Lord revive us!

All our help must come from You.  Give back to the church its love, its confidence, its holy daring, its consecration, its generousness, its holiness.  Give back all it ever had and give it much more.  Take every member and wash his feet, sweet Lord, most tenderly, and set us with clean feet in a clean road, with a clean heart to guide them, and bless us as You will in a divine fashion.

Bless us, our Father, and let all the churches of Jesus Christ partake of care and tenderness.  Walking among the golden candlesticks trim every lamp and make every light, even though it burns feebly now, to shine out gloriously through Your care.

Now bless the sinners.  Lord convert them.  O God, save men, save this great city, this wicked city, this slumbering dead city.  Lord, arouse it, arouse it by any means, that it may turn to its God.  Lord save sinners all the world over, and let Your precious Word be fulfilled.  "Behold He comes with clouds."  Why do You delay?  Delay no longer, O, our Lord.  And now to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost be glory forever and ever.  Amen.

                          The Wings of Prayer

Our Father, Your children who know You delight themselves in Your presence.  We are never happier than when we are near You.  We have found a little heaven in prayer.  It has eased our load to tell You of its weight; it has relieved our wound to tell You of its hurt; it has restored our spirit to confess to You its wanderings.  No place like the mercy seat for us.

We thank You, Lord, that we have not only found benefit in prayer, but in the answers to it we have been greatly enriched.  You have opened Your hidden treasures to the voice of prayer; You have supplied our necessities as soon we have cried to You; yes, we have found it true: "Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear."

We do bless You, Lord, for instituting the blessed ordinance of prayer.  What could we do without it, and we take great shame to ourselves that we should use it so little.  We pray that we may be men and women of prayer, taken up with it, that it may take us up and bear us on its wings towards heaven.

And now at this hour will You hear the voice of our supplication.  First, we ask at Your hands, great Father, complete forgiveness for all our sins and shortcomings.  We hope we can say with truthfulness that we do from our heart forgive all those who have in any way trespassed against us.  There lies not in our heart, we hope, a thought of enmity towards any man.  However we have been slandered or wronged, we would, with our inmost heart, forgive and forget it all.

We come to You and pray that, for Jesus's sake, and through the virtue of the blood once shed for many for the remission of sins, You would give us perfect pardon of every sin of the past.  Blot out, O God, all our sins like a cloud, and let them never be seen again.  Grant us also the peace- speaking word of promise supplied by the Holy Spirit, that being justified by faith we may have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let us be forgiven and know it, and may there remain no lingering question in our heart about our reconciliation with God, but by a firm, full assurance based on faith in the finished work of Christ may we stand as forgiven men and women against whom transgression shall never be mentioned forever again.

And then, Lord, we have another mercy to ask which shall be the burden of our prayer.  It is that You would help us to live such lives as pardoned men should live.  We have but a little time to live here, for our life is but a vapor; soon it vanishes away; but we are most anxious that we may spend the time of our sojourning here in holy fear, that grace may be on us from the commencement of our Christian life even to the earthly close of it.

Lord, You know there are some that have not yet begun to live for You, and the prayer is now offered that they may today be born again.  Others have been long in Your ways and are not weary of them.  We Sometimes wonder that You arc not weary of us, but assuredly we delight ourselves in the ways of holiness more than ever we did.  Oh! that our ways were directed to keep Your statutes without slipping or flaws.  We wish we were perfectly obedient in thought, and word, and deed, entirely sanctified.  We shall never be satisfied till we wake up in Christ's likeness, the likeness of perfection itself.  Oh! wake us to this perfection, we beseech You.  May experience teach us more and more how to avoid occasions of sin.  May we grow more watchful; may we have a greater supremacy over our own spirit; may we be able to control ourselves under all circumstances, and so act that if the Master were to come at any moment we should not be ashamed to give our account in His hands.

Lord, we are not what we want to be.  This is our sorrow.  Oh! that You would, by Your Spirit, help us in the walks of life to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  As men of business, as work-people, as parents, as children, as servants, as masters, whatever we may be, may we be such that Christ may look on us with pleasure.  May His joy be in us, for then only can our joy be full.

Dear Savior, we are Your disciples, and You are teaching us the art of living; but we are very dull and very slow, and beside, there is such a bias in our corrupt nature, and there are such examples in the world, and the influence of an ungodly generation tells even on those that know You. O, dear Saviour, do not be impatient with us, but still teach us at Your feet, till at last we shall have learned some of the sublime lessons of self-sacrifice, of meekness, humility, fervor, boldness, and love which Your life is fit to teach us.  O Lord, we beseech You to mold us in Your own image.  Let us live in You and live like You.  Let us gaze on Your glory till we are transformed by the sight and become Christlike among the sons of men.

Lord, hear the confessions of any that have backslidden, who are rather marring Your image than perfecting it.  Hear the prayers of any that are conscious of great defects during the past.  Give them peace of mind by pardon, but give them strength of mind also to keep clear of such mischief in the future.  O Lord, we are sighing and crying more and more after Yourself.  The more we have of You the more we want You; the more we grow like You; the more we perceive our defects, and the more we pine after a higher standard to reach even to perfection itself.

Oh! help us.  Spirit of the living God, continue still to work in us.  Let the groanings that cannot be uttered be stilled within our Spirit, for these are growing pains, and we shall grow while we can sigh and cry, while we can confess and mourn; yet this is not without a blessed hopefulness that He that has begun a good work in us will perfect it in the day of Christ.

Bless, we pray You, at this time, the entire church of God in every part of the earth.  Prosper the work and service of Christian people, however they endeavor to spread the kingdom of Christ.  Convert the heathen; enlighten those that are in any form of error.  Bring the entire church back to the original form of Christianity.  Make her first pure and then she shall be united.  O Savior, let Your kingdom come.  Oh! that You would reign and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray You use every one of us according as we have ability to be used.  Take us, and let no talent be wasted in the treasure house, but may every dollar of Yours be put out in trading for You in the blessed market of soul-winning.  Oh! give us success.  Increase the gifts and graces of those that are saved.  Bind us in closer unity to one another than ever.  Let peace reign; let holiness adorn us.

Hear us as we pray for all lands, and then for all sorts of men, from the Sovereign on the throne to the peasant in the cottage.  Let the benediction of heaven descend on men, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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