Summary: Another Spurgeon gem. Let the Prince of Preachers teach you about true
prayer--situational prayer, glorifying prayer. Pray with the words that the Lord Himself gives you. When you do this, you can expect a real and timely answer to your prayers. Plead His promises, cling to His mercy. Understand who you are when you speak to the living God. God delights to forgive where there is no reason for forgiveness but His own goodness.
Personal Thoughts: Wow. You can never go wrong with Spurgeon. My favorite chapter was entitled "Real
Prayer." I will never forget (or so I hope) that passage 'Call upon the Lord in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify Me.' The Lord tells us to call upon Him. Why? So He can deliver us. He wants to hear from us. He wants to deliver us, or He would not have said it. And as a result, we will glorify Him.
Quote: If I do not deliver you now, I will deliver you at a time that is better than now. You would prefer to be
delivered at this future time rather than now if you were as wise as I am. The Lord is always punctual. You never were kept waiting by Him. You have kept Him waiting many times, but He is prompt to the instant. He never keeps His servants waiting one single tick of the clock beyond His own appointed, fitting, wise, and proper moment. --pg 85, 86
Often, when I have been cheering up a poor sinner and urging him to believe in Christ, I have thought, "Well, if he will not drink this cup of comfort, I will drink it myself." I assure you, I need it as much as those to whom I offer it. I have been as great a sinner as any of you, my readers, and therefore I take the promise for myself. The divine cup of comfort will not be lost; I will accept it. --pg 114