I've been reading through Spurgeon's Sermons on Prayer and I wanted to share with you some thoughts from him in several upcoming blog posts.
I would that some of you prayed more vehemently! “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” An old Puritan said, “Prayer is a cannon set at the gate of heaven to burst open its gates.” You must take the city by storm if you would have it. You will not ride to heaven on a featherbed, you must go on pilgrimage; there is no going to the land of glory while you are sound asleep—dreamy sluggards will have to wake up in hell! If God has made you to feel in your soul the need of salvation, cry like one who is awake and alive. Be in earnest! Cry aloud! Spare not! And then I think you will find that my argument will be quite fair—that in all respects a reasonable, argumentative, intelligent prayer is more likely to prevail with God than the mere screaming, chattering noise of the raven, and that if He hears such a cry as the raven’s—it is much more certain that He will hear yours.
To read the full sermon, click here.