Prevailing and Intercessory Prayer
I am going to try add sermons over time of Spurgeon on prevailing and intercessory prayer. They are wonderfully instructive and will help all of us learn how to pray better.
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1932), known as the Prince of Preachers, commanded the pulpit at the five thousand seat Metropolitan Church in London for 38 years. It is estimated that preached to over ten million people in his lifetime, often speaking ten times during the week. He never made appeals at the end of his sermons, but encouraged anyone wanting to surrender their life to Christ to seek him on Monday mornings. Every week his sermons were published and sold by the thousands.
Power of United Prayer and the Pleasure of Praise
Power of United Prayer and the Pleasure of Praise (May 3, 1863) is a wonderful sermon pointing out that many of God's choice blessings only come as the result of united prayer. He also points out that united prayer should especially be for the church's pastor. He also reminds of the need to praise God for the pastor. This is a wonderful sermon and should be prayerfully considered and then put into practice. Note the following excerpts...
"It has pleased God to make prayer the abounding and rejoicing river through which most of our choice mercies ﬂow to us. It is the golden key which unlocks the well-stored granaries of our heavenly Joseph."
"As many mercies are conveyed from Heaven in the ship of prayer, so there are many choice and special favors which can only be brought to us by the ﬂeets of united prayer. Many are the good things which God will give to His lonely Elijahs and Daniels, but if two of you agree as touching anything that you shall ask, there is no limit to God’s bountiful answers."
"We cannot all preach. We cannot all rule. We cannot all give gold and silver-but we can all contribute our prayers. There is no convert, though he is but two or three days old in Divine Grace, but can pray. There is no bedridden Sister in Jesus who cannot pray. There is no sick, aged, imbecile, obscure, illiterate, or penniless Believer who cannot add his supplications to the general stock. This is the Church’s riches. We put boxes at the door that we may receive your offerings to God’s cause-remember there is a spiritual chest within the Church into which we should all drop our loving intercessions, as into the treasury of the Lord. Even the widow without her two mites can give her offering to this treasury. See, then, dear Friends, what union and communion there are among the people of God, since there are certain mercies which are only bestowed while the saints unitedly pray."
"This united prayer should especially be made for the ministers of God. It is for them, peculiarly, that this public prayer is intended. Paul asks for it-”Brethren, pray for us.” And all God’s ministers to the latest time will ever confess that this is the secret source of their strength. The prayers of the people must be the might of the ministers."
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Throne of Grace (This was delivered by Spurgeon on November 19, 1871 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle).
In this sermon, given November 19, 1871, Charles Spurgeon, eminent Baptist preacher of the Metropolitan Temple in London, England explains how true prayer is the soul’s approach to God at the throne of grace. More than a matter of words uttered in a particular way, prayer is a transaction between man and the God of the universe. As a result, only that prayer that is ennobled in every way by the Holy Spirit can obtain its quest. The same is true for the need of Christ’s involvement. As he puts it, “Prayer becomes powerful before the Most High only when it is wrought in us by the Spirit and presented for us by the Christ of God.” Spurgeon than details what it means to come before God’s throne of grace. First pointing to the “throne,” he points out that Christians have the privilege of entering the royal courts of heaven, which of course necessitates a humble and reverential attitude that is bold but not impertinent; a sacred joyfulness that revels in the grand privilege of such an audience; a submission that neither tells God what He should do, nor presumes to dictate a particular method of working; a sense of enlarged expectation when one is standing in the courts of an earthly sovereign to say nothing of God—as Spurgeon puts it, “Ask, therefore, after a Godlike fashion, for great things, for you are before a great throne”; unstaggering confidence in the Word of Him who cannot lie; and a spirit of absolute confident sincerity. He next points out that one not only comes to a throne, but to a throne of “grace,” positively comparing that throne to the throne of justice experienced by the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai. As a result of coming to a throne of grace, the faults of the manner prayed will be overlooked—Jesus amends and presents every prayer in the most perfect way; the faults of the one praying will also be overlooked, for God is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite Spirit. Not only that, the desires will be directed and interpreted, and promises will be suggested that can be pled. Not only will Jesus be found to be the alpha and the omega of salvation, He will be the same alpha and omega for prayer, for grace will also operate from first to last in prayer. He also points out that the needs of those coming to the throne will be supplied: in material things for it is not a throne for receiving material tributes, but a throne for dispensing gifts; in compassion where grace delights to consider and relieve the petitioner’s miseries. Spurgeon puts it this way: “The throne of grace will look on you if you cannot look on it, and will give to you, though you have nothing to give in return, and will deliver you, though you cannot raise a finger to deliver yourself.” He concludes by asking why God can be so generous at His throne of grace, and lists the victory won at the cross, God’s sovereign justice, the presence of Jesus at the right hand of the Father, and God’s delight in extending His grace to those who repent—grace placing itself under the bonds of love, grace responding to the promises of the Word, and grace pleading the blood of Jesus. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
Throne of Grace Sermon
Golden Key of Prayer
This sermon was delivered by Spurgeon in 1865 and is based on Jeremiah 33:3 and is highly encouraging. Note the excerpt
"If there is anything I know, anything that I am quite assured of beyond all question, it is that praying breath is never spent in vain. If no other man here can say it, I dare to say it and I know that I can prove it. My own conversion is the result of prayer—long, affectionate, earnest, importunate. Parents prayed for me! God heard their cries and here I am to preach the Gospel. Since then I have adventured upon some things that were far beyond my capacity, as I thought. But I have never failed, because I have cast myself upon the Lord. You know as a Church that I have not scrupled to indulge large ideas of what we might do for God. And we have accomplished all that we purposed. I have sought God’s aid and assistance and help in all my manifold undertakings! And though I cannot tell here the story of my private life in God’s work, yet if it were written it would be a standing proof that there is a God that answers prayer!"
The Golden Key of Prayer