Has there ever been a time when the Church, the world-over, has not gathered for public worship and the ordinances for two consecutive months, including the season of Easter? She has gone through plague and persecution over the course of millennia, but now she has ceased to gather. “Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers?” (Joel 1:2).
“Let your prayers be earnest, full of fire, vehemence, prevalence” (Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students, p. 71).
“I have noticed a habit among some – I hope you have not fallen into it – of praying with their eyes open. It is unnatural, unbecoming, and disgusting” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 68).
“…it is my solemn conviction that the prayer is one of the most weighty, useful, and honourable parts of the service, and that it ought to be even more considered than the sermon” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 59).
“If there be no melting of the glacier high up in the ravines of the mountain, there will be no descending rivulets to cheer the plain. Private prayer is the drill ground for our more public exercises, neither can we long neglect it without being out of order when before the people” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 55).
“…slovenly, careless, lifeless talk in the guise of prayer, made to fill up a certain space in the service, is a weariness to man, and an abomination to God” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 55).
“Quietude, which some men cannot abide, because it reveals their inward poverty, is as a palace of cedar to the wise, for along its hallowed courts the King in his beauty deigns to walk” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 40).