What Should Be the Great Object of the Prayer-meeting, and That for Which We Should Seek the Answer?
First, it must be the glory of God, or else the petition is not sufficiently put up. Pray that King Jesus may have his own. Pray that the crown-royal may be set upon that dear head, that once was girt with thorns. Pray that the thrones of the heathen may totter from their pedestals, and that Jesus may be acknowledged King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And then, in subservience to that, let us pray for a blessing on the Church.
We ought to exercise a little of our love for one another in praying for our fellow-members. Pray for the minister, for he needs it most; his necessities in that direction are the greatest, and therefore let him ever be remembered. Pray for the church officers: pray for the workers in all organizations: pray for the sufferers: prayer for the strong, for the weak, for the rich, for the poor, for the trembling, for the sick, for the backsliding, for the sinful. Yes, for every part of the one great body of Jesus let our supplications perpetually ascend.
Then we should also pray for the conversion of the ungodly. Oh! this ought to be like a burden on our hearts; this ought to be prayed out of the lowest depths of a soul that is all aglow with sympathy for them. They are dying; they are dying; they are dying without hope. It is of no use my preaching to the people, my dear Christian brethren, unless you pray for them. It may be that you who pray have more to do with the blessed results than we who preach. He has given us his pledge that he will answer: believe it, and you shall see it, and you shall have the joy of it whilst His shall be the glory. Amen - Charles Spurgeon
"Brethren, we will never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians." - Charles Spurgeon
"In God’s word we are over and over again commanded to pray. God’s institutions are not folly. Can I believe that the infinitely wise God has ordained for me an exercise which is ineffectual, and is no more than child’s play?"
"The very act of prayer is a blessing."
"To pray is to enter the treasure-house of God and to gather riches out of an inexhaustible storehouse."
"To pray is to grasp heaven in one’s arms, to embrace the Deity within one’s soul, and to feel one’s body made a temple of the Holy Spirit."
"You are before the Lord; let your words be few, but let your heart be fervent."
"As well could you expect a plant to grow without air and water as to expect your heart to grow without prayer and faith."
"You will observe that the desire to commune with God is intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation."
"In all states of dilemma or of difficulty, prayer is an available source. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans, and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth of blessings!"
"The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!"
"Prayer is the best response to hatred."
"It is well said that neglected prayer is the birth-place of all evil."
"Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer."
"No man can progress in grace if he forsakes prayer."
"He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has heaven and earth at his disposal."
"Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Ghost can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. Pray for prayer- pray till you can pray."
"If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ."
"A mighty piece of weaponry in the battle of prayer is God’s promise."
"Cold prayers ask for a denial!"
"Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused."
"True prayer is the trading of the heart with God."
"Christians are made to glorify God. We are never in our element until we are praising Him."
"Sometimes when we do not receive comfort in our prayers, when we are broken and cast down, that is when we are really wrestling and prevailing in prayer."
"It’s a good thing God chose me before I was born, because he surely would not have afterwards."
"Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds."
"Prayer brings inner strength to God’s warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place."
"We know not what prayer cannot do!"
"You must keep all earthly treasures out of your heart, and let Christ be your treasure, and let him have your heart."
"Nothing brings such leanness into a man’s soul as lack of prayer."
"Prayer is doubts destroyer, ruin’s remedy, the antidote to all anxieties."
"All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it."
"Continue in prayer, and though the blessing tarry, it must come; in God’s own time it must appear to you."
"There has never been an instance yet of a man really seeking spiritual blessings from God without his receiving them."
"Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the kingdom."
"Anything is a blessing which makes us pray."
"I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."
"When God’s mercies are coming, their footfalls are our desires to pray."
"… he that is never on his knees on earth, shall never stand upon his feet in heaven."
"…[the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal."
"…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length."
"A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty. Ah, my brethren, we little know how many of our prayers are an abomination to the Lord."
"And surely it should be enough to restrain all ‘lightness’ and constrain an unceasing ‘earnestness’ did we apprehend the ‘greatness of the Being’ before whom we plead."
"Anything is a blessing which makes us pray."
"But if one neglects his closet, then all evil comes of it."
"Do the angels veil their faces before You, and shall I be content to prattle through a form with no soul and no heart?"
"God will hear His people at the beginning of their prayers if the condition of their heart is ready for it."
"God’s mercy visits every house where night and morning prayers are made, but where these are neglected, sin is incurred."
"Has not that which is heaven’s greatest boon to man (prayer), become to us a dry dead duty?"
"Have you only repeated many a form of prayer, while the breathing desire, the living words, have not come from your lips?"
"I believe that God hears your prayers because there is a secret work of the Spirit going on within you teaching you to pray."
"True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God."
"True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is a spiritual commerce with the Creator of heaven and earth."
"If you may have everything by asking in His name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is."
"If your faith does not make you pray, have nothing to do with it: get rid of it, and God help thee to begin again."
"Oh, those cold-hearted prayers that die on our lips! Those frozen supplications would not even move men’s hearts, how should they move the heart of God?"
"Our growth in prayer may be to us the test of our growth in all other respects."
"Our Lord tells us an indisputable fact: all through the ages, true asking has been followed by receiving."
"Our prayers may be very beautiful in appearance and might appear to be the very paragon of devotion, but unless there is a secret spiritual force in them, they are vain things."
"Pray until you can pray; pray to be helped to pray and do not give up praying because you cannot pray. For it is when you think you cannot pray that is when you are praying."
"Prayer can never be in excess."
"Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do."
"Prayer is a creature’s strength, his very breathe and being."
"Prayer is not a hard requirement-it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality."
"Prayer is the slender nerve that moveth the muscle of Omnipotence."
"Proud prayers may knock their heads on mercy’s lintel, but they can never pass through the portal."
"Shall I come into your presence, O my God, and mock You with cold-hearted words?"
"So the preacher of the gospel asks your prayers: and it is a part of the duties arising out of the relationship between Christian men that those who are taught should pray for those who teach God’s Word."
"The man who has his mouth full of arguments in prayer shall soon have his mouth full of benedictions in answer to prayer."
"The man who, despite the teaching of Scripture, tries to pray without a Savior, insults the deity."
"The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God."
"There is a general kind of praying which fails for lack of precision. It is as if a regiment of soldiers should all fire off their guns anywhere. Possibly somebody would be killed, but the majority of the enemy would be missed."
"We always pray best when we pray out of the depths—when the soul gets low enough she gets a leverage; she can then plead with God."
"We must be earnest, otherwise we have no right to hope that the Lord will hear our prayer."
"We need to see much our deep needs, our great sins, for ah! that prayer shall go highest that comes from the lowest."
"We shall find every attribute of God Most High to be, as it were, a great battering-ram, with which we may open the gates of heaven. When we ask of the Lord cooly, and not fervently, we do as it were, stop His hand, and restrain Him from giving us the very blessing we pretend that we are seeking."
"Without Christ there is no hope."
"Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ."
"I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer."
"Prayer pulls the rope down below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. He who communicates with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously with all his might."
"I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, that I may die to self & live wholly to Him."
"Men are always quarreling with God because he will not submit his will to their dictation."
"The heathen misrepresent God by worshiping idols: we misrepresent God by our murmurings, our complainings."
"You have a glorious helper — the Holy Ghost — and by his power you may accomplish miracles of holiness."
- Charles Spurgeon
"The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church...grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil." - Leonard Ravenhill
"Even though we may not take part audibly in the action, yet if we are there in a right spirit - there really to wait upon God, we marvelously help the tone of a meeting." - C.H. McIntosh
“The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.” - A.W. Tozer
"A congregation without a prayer meeting is essentially defective in its organization, and so must be limited in its efficiency." - J. B. Johnston
"The power of the Church truly to bless rests on intercession--asking and receiving heavenly gifts to carry to men." - E. M. Bounds
"The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!" C.H. Spurgeon
"I pray the Lord to send you a horse-whip in the shape of trouble in your conscience till you do come, for it very much weakens us all in our prayers when our numbers decline; and whenever people come to despise week-night services, be sure of it, farewell to the vital power of godliness, for week-night services are very, very much the stamp of the man. Any hypocrite will come on a Sunday, but a man does need to take some interest in religious services to be found mingling with the people of God in prayer." - C.H. Spurgeon
"Believe me, if a church does not pray, it is dead." - C.H. Spurgeon
"Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell." - C.H. Spurgeon
"You are no Christian if you do not pray. A prayerless soul is a Christless soul." - C.H. Spurgeon
"It is not a matter of time so much as a matter of heart; if you have the heart to pray, you will find the time." - C.H. Spurgeon
“Well, you may try to do without Prayer Meetings if you like, but my solemn conviction is that, as these decline, the Spirit of God will depart from you and the preaching of the Gospel will be of small account. The Lord will have the prayers of His people to go with the proclamation of His Gospel if it is to be the power of God unto salvation—and there is no change in this matter since Paul’s day! Jesus Christ is ‘the same yesterday, and today, and forever.’” —C.H. Spurgeon, 1894, Sermon #2358
“No man has such need to pray as the man who does not care to pray. When you can pray and long to pray—why, then, you will pray! But when you cannot pray and do not wish to pray—why, then, you must pray, or evil will come of it! He is on the brink of ruin who forgets the Mercy Seat. When the heart is apathetic towards prayer, the whole man is sickening from a grievous disease. How can we be weary of prayer? It is essential to life! When a man grows weary of breathing, surely he is near to dying! When a man grows weary of praying, surely we ought to pray anxiously for him, for he is in an evil case.”—C.H. Spurgeon, 1891, Sermon #2189
“The Spirit of God does not work by sleepy men! He loves to have us alive, ourselves, and then He will make others alive by us. See to this, dear Brothers.”—C.H. Spurgeon, 1892, Sermon #2246