Since tomorrow is the anniversary of Charles H. Spurgeon’s death, our Sunday prayer for this week will come from him.
….There was a time when we feared You, O God, with the fear of bondage. Now we reverence, but we love as much as we reverence. The thought of Your Omnipresence was once horrible to us. We said: “Where shall we flee from His presence?” and it seemed to make hell itself more dreadful because we heard a voice, “If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there:” But now, O Lord, we desire to find You. Our longing is to feel Your presence, and it is the heaven of heavens when You are there. The sick bed is soft when You are there. The furnace of affliction grows cool when You are there, and the house of prayer when You are present is none other than the house of God, and it is the very gate of heaven.
Come near, our Father, come very near to Your children. Some of us are very weak in body and faint in heart. Soon, O God, lay Your right hand on us and say to us, “Fear not.” Perhaps, some of us are alike, and the world is attracting us. Come near to kill the influence of the world with Your superior power.
Even to worship may not seem easy to some. The dragon seems to pursue them, and floods out of his mouth wash away their devotion. Give to them great wings as of an eagle, that each one may fly away in the place prepared for him and rest in the presence of God today.
Our Father, come and rest Your children now. Take the helmet from our brow, remove from us the weight of our heavy armor for awhile, and may we just have peace, perfect peace, and be at rest. Oh! help us, we pray You, now….