January 2nd, 2007



We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have much need of it. . . . A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (2 January, Morning)

My prayer habits are feeble and atrophied. I'm not focused or disciplined, and there are many instances when prayer should be my first response, yet it doesn't occur to me. It's easier to talk or write about than to do, and I more readily pray with others than on my own. That's just an honest inventory, not a discouragement. Since prayer is where God meets me, any strength I have that's not derived from Him is hardly relevant anyway. My part is simply to place myself in His path, hopefully deeper and deeper, and more and more frequently. Let His Spirit grow me, form Christ in me, renew my heart and mind, groan the prayers I cannot even utter. To pray is not only to strive, but also to yield.

Needing God

As it is necessary to repair the waste of the body by the frequent meal, so we must repair the waste of the soul by feeding upon the Book of God, or by listening to the preached Word, or by the soul-fattening table of the ordinances. How depressed are our graces when means are neglected! What poor starvelings some saints are who live without the diligent use of the Word of God and secret prayer! If our piety can live without God it is not of divine creating; it is but a dream; for if God had begotten it, it would wait upon him as the flowers wait upon the dew. Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults of hell, or the stern afflictions of heaven, or even for the strifes within.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (2 January, Evening) [emphasis mine]