Spurgeon, Charles. The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life. (Excerpts)

Spurgeon, Charles. The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life. Compiled and Edited by Robert Hall. Lynnwood: Emerald Books, 1993.

“Spurgeon built the Metropolitan Tabernacle into a congregation of over 6,000 and added well over 14,000 members during his thirty-eight-year London ministry. The combination of his clear voice, his mastery of language, his sure grasp of Scripture, and a deep love for Christ produced some of the noblest preaching of any age. An astounding 3,561 sermons have been preserved in sixty-three volumes, The New Park Street Pulpit and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, from which the chapters of this book have been selected and edited.

“During his lifetime, Spurgeon is estimated to have preached to 10,000,000 people. He remains history’s most widely read preacher. There is more available material written by Spurgeon than by any other Christian author, living or dead. His sixty-three volumes of sermons stand as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity, comprising the equivalent to the twenty-seven volumes of the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.” (7)

Introduction:

“When the English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon died in January 1892, it was reported that sixty thousand people came to pay homage during the three days his body

Charles H. Spurgeon

lay in state at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. A funeral procession two miles long followed his hearse from the Tabernacle to the cemetery at Upper Norwood, and one hundred thousand people stood along the way. London south of the Thames went into mourning – flags flew at half-mast, shops and pubs were closed. It was a remarkable demonstration of affection and respect for the man considered by his peers then and now, ‘The prince of Preachers.’” (11)

“Born the son of Nonconformist ministers….rural, pre-industrial Britain…. he did not attend college.” (11)

“Much is made of the combination of a beautiful speaking voice, a dramatic flair and style that was captivating, a powerful commitment to a biblical theology, and his ability to speak to the people of his day in a manner that addressed their deepest needs.” (12)

Lewis Drummond…Spurgeon was a man of God….heroes were those of the valiant Puritans…. He often quoted medieval mystics as well as William Law, John Wesley, and other spiritual giants of Christianity.

And he was devoted to prayer. When people would walk through the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon would take them to a basement prayer room where people were always on their knees interceding for the church. Then the pastor would declare, “Here is the powerhouse of this church.” (12)

“A casual study of the sermon titles would indicate well over one hundred sermons on prayer, but closer research would probably easily double that number.” (12)

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