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C H Spurgeon’s Forgotten Prayer Meeting Addresses

By Terence Peter Crosby
May 2012 | Review by Jeremy Walker

Synopsis

Spurgeon's magazine, The Sword and the Trowel, provided the material for various collections of his addresses and writings compiled after his death in 1892. Among these was Only a Prayer Meeting, published in 1901 and containing forty prayer meeting addresses which appeared in the magazine up to and including that year. One other brief prayer meeting address from the 1901 volume (‘Unequally yoked together’ – 2 Corinthians 6:14-15) was included by Eric Hayden in his compilation C. H. Spurgeon’s Sermons preached on Unusual Occasions. A further twenty two such addresses appeared in The Sword and the Trowel between 1904 and 1911, seventeen of these carrying dates for specific Monday evenings from 1866 to 1868. These are reproduced in the first part of this volume, which may be regarded as a sequel to Only a Prayer Meeting, together with several other forgotten sermons to be found in The Sword and the Trowel either on prayer or from roughly the same period of Spurgeon’s ministry. May God’s people be encouraged to regard individual prayer and the church prayer meeting as priorities in the Christian life.

  • Publisher: Day One
  • ISBN: 978-1-84625-238-9
  • Pages: 291
  • Price: 15.00
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Book Review

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Prayer Meeting Addresses

Comp. Terence Peter Crosby

DayOne

304 pages, £15.00

ISBN: 978-1846252389

Star rating: 4 stars

Intended as a sequel, of sorts, to the readily-available Only a Prayer Meeting!, this volume draws together 37 addresses, many of them delivered at Metropolitan Tabernacle prayer meetings, though with a selection of other ‘forgotten’ sermons.

In the former category, three features stand out: intimacy, transparency and variety. Intimacy, because these take us into the beating heart of a living church, giving us a sense of reality in a steady but demanding pattern of activity. Transparency, because Spurgeon’s humanity and own spirit of prayer ooze out of the pages, letting us peer through the windows of his own soul as a man who walked with God and revealing some of the ways in which he thought and felt. Variety, because – as well as the scope of the included sermons preached on various days and occasions – one gets a sense of responsiveness and flexibility as Spurgeon addresses the people in front of him, taking his cue from particular prayers, hymns, circumstances, events and Scriptures brought to mind.

All in all, the whole breathes a devotional spirit, provides much direct and incidental counsel on prayer, places Christ at the centre of all things, embraces throughout that happy and holy tension between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, reveals the range of Scriptural concerns in a working church, and promotes vigorous religion of the truest kind.

Fascinating, challenging, encouraging, stirring, and rebuking, this book – imbibed with a readiness to consider whether or not there are legitimate ways and means to enliven our own prayers and prayer meetings – will do any earnest reader a power of good.

Jeremy Walker

Crawley

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