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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:47:40 +1300
by David Smithers    

The memory of Charles Haddon Spurgeon has been cherished 
among evangelical Christians for over the past 100 years. Many 
Christian leaders consider him to be the greatest preacher England 
ever produced. He is commonly hailed as the "Prince of Preachers". 
Over 63 volumes of published sermons still bear witness to the 
richness and success of C. H. Spurgeon's ministry. Though known 
as a great preacher, it was not preaching that made Spurgeon 
great. Mr. Spurgeon repeatedly acknowledged his success as 
the direct result of his congregation's faithful prayers. "It has often 
been remarked that the whole church helped produce Spurgeon." 

When visitors would come to Spurgeon's church he would take 
them to the basement prayer-room where people were always on 
their knees interceding. Then Spurgeon would declare, "Here is 
the powerhouse of this church." 

Spurgeon in his autobiography described his gratefulness for being 
blessed with such a praying church. "I always give all the glory to 
God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering 
from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that 
moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the 
Celestial City by the might of intercession." Spurgeon regarded the
prayer-meeting as the spiritual thermometer of a church. His church's 
Monday night prayer meeting had a worldwide testimony for many 
years. Every Monday night a large portion of Spurgeon's sanctuary 
was filled with earnest and fervent intercessors. 

"In Spurgeon's eyes the prayer-meeting was the most important 
meeting of the week." It is here many of us find ourselves in conflict 
with dear Mr. Spurgeon. We love our meetings for preaching and 
praising and yet sadly neglect those set aside for praying. One of 
Spurgeon's greatest concerns was that his people learn to truly 
pray. "He taught his people to pray, doing so far more by his 
example than by any preaching. People heard him pray with such 
reality that they became ashamed of their own mere repetition of 
words." Throughout his entire ministry many hearers remarked 
that they were moved by his preaching, but yet still more affected 
by his praying. D. L. Moody after his first visit to England, being 
asked upon his return to America, "Did you hear Spurgeon preach?" 
He replied, "Yes, but better still I heard him pray." A close friend 
of Spurgeon's, commented on his prayer life, "His public prayers 
were an inspiration, but his prayers with the family were to me 
more wonderful still. Mr. Spurgeon, when bowed before God in 
family prayer, appeared a grander man even than when holding 
thousands spellbound by his oratory." 

Spurgeon fully recognized that the Church's greatest need was not 
to have another, "Prince of Preachers", but to have more princes 
of prayer. One of his many published sermons expressed his 
feelings on this. He wrote, "Shall I give you yet another reason why 
you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not 
say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish 
that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church 
has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? 
Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer . . . " 

There has been much talk lately about pockets of revival springing 
up in our nation. Many are saying they desire such revivals in our 
own local churches, and cities. Yet, is it not the prayer-meeting 
which is still most neglected? If Christ Jesus were to visit us today 
with real revival power, how could such a blessing be sustained 
where there is no ground work laid in prayer? To merely exercise 
our words about revival and not our knees is hypocrisy! It is time 
to make the prayer-meeting as crowded as our favorite preaching 
and praise meetings. It is then and ONLY then, that a true revival 
will come with lasting power!  Like Mr. Spurgeon, let us regard 
the prayer-meeting as our most important meeting!