Evening, November 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“At all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” — Luke 18:1
If Jesus instructs men that they ought always to pray and not to lose heart, how much more should the Church pray? Jesus has sent his church into the world on the same errand upon which he himself came, and this mission includes intercession. What if I say that the church is the world’s priest? Creation is mute, but the church is to find a voice for it. It is the church’s high privilege to pray, fully accepted by God. The door of grace is always open for her petitions, and they never return empty-handed. The veil was torn apart for her, the blood was sprinkled upon the altar for her; God constantly invites her to ask what she wants. Will she refuse the privilege she has for which angels might envy her? Is she not the bride of Christ? May she not go in to her King at any and every hour? Shall she allow this precious privilege to be unused? The church always has need for prayer. There are always some in her midst who are struggling, or falling into open sin. There are lambs to be prayed for, that they may be carried in Christ’s embrace, the strong, that they not grow presumptuous, and the weak, that they not become despairing. If we kept up prayer meetings twenty-four hours a day, all the days of the year, we still will never be without a special subject for supplication. Are we ever without the sick and the poor, the afflicted and the wavering? Are we ever without those who seek the conversion of relatives, the reclaiming of backsliders, or the salvation of the wicked? Shall we not pray, with congregations constantly gathering, with ministers always preaching, with millions of sinners lying dead in trespasses and sins; in a country over which the darkness of humanism and false spirituality is certainly descending; in a world full of idols, cruelty, the demonic, if the church does not pray, how shall she excuse her shameful neglect of the commission of her loving Lord? Let the church be constantly and earnestly seeking God; let every individual believer cast his offering of prayer into the treasury.