The Pastor in Prayer - by C.H. Spurgeon
"Send us, Lord, a mighty groundswell of intense desire for the glory of God, and may these Thy servants banded together in church fellowship recognize their sweet obligation to their dying Lord, and determine that the prayers of the church shall go up before Him like sweet perfume."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was profoundly convinced of the importance and power of prayer. Much of his influence in his own time and down to the present can surely be traced to the priority of prayer in his life and ministry.
When the American evangelist D. L. Moody spoke in the Metropolitan Tabernacle
in October 1892, he recalled an earlier visit twenty-five years previously. He
had come four thousand miles, he said, to hear C. H. Spurgeon, but what
impressed him most was not the sermon, nor the singing of the great
congregation, but Spurgeon's prayer. Such was his access to God that he seemed
to be able to bring down power from heaven. This was the great secret, Moody
believed, of Spurgeon's influence and success. This collection of prayers drawn
primarily from Sunday morning services at the Tabernacle will make a similar
impression on readers today. In this book we see Spurgeon come into the presence
of God with deep reverence, yet with unquestioning child-like confidence, to
plead God's promises in Scripture and to revel in the nearness to God into which
Christ has brought all who believe. The Pastor in Prayer will inspire those who
lead public worship and all Christians with a fresh sense of the privilege of
prayer, and a renewed desire to "come boldly to the throne of grace", there to
"obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).