A mega-church pastor in England prayed this before his congregation in the waning years of the 19th century.
I’m wondering…could today’s church make this same appeal across denominational lines, corporately, passionately – in unity – and with a straight face and common goal?
Are we where Spurgeon was for the church of his time? Is there an ache in us for the stirring of God among His people?
Can we live with being unpopular…but mighty through the power of God’s Kingdom-come in us?
This may well be the very petition required of us in this deeply troubling, complex hour.
Dare we ask it?
We ask you, oh God, at this time, to revive religion* in our land.
Oh, that you would be pleased to speak by the Holy Ghost that the gospel’s power may be known: there may be many that run away from the truth; Lord hold us fast to it, bind us to it.
May there be a people found in this place, and throughout this land, that will abide by the doctrines of the gospel,
come what may.
May we not be ashamed to be old-fashioned and to be thought fanatical.
May we not wish to be thought cultured, nor aim to keep abreast of the times.
May we be side-by-side with you, oh bleeding Savior; and be content to be rejected, be willing to take up unpopular truth, and to hold fast despised teachings of sacred writ, even to the end.
Oh! Make us faithful,
faithful unto death…
Grant that this nation may not be drawn into war. We have been foolish once over it, grant that we may not be so again, but, oh, let your kingdom come without the use of the sword.
Oh! Angel of war, will you not rest! Oh! Sword of the Lord, put yourself into your scabbard and be still; for the sake of the great Prince of Peace, we ask it.
“Religion” in Spurgeon’s time did not carry a negative connotation. It implied affections and reverence for God in the worship of His Name, not man-driven, hollow, dry, lifeless traditionalism.