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I was very privileged to to read this prayer this morning and
thought it deserves to be in the public eye again. Jeff

A Prayer of C H Spurgeon.

Holy Father, keep Thy people we beseech Thee, for Jesus’ sake: though
they are in the world let them not be of it; but may there be a marked
distinction between them and the rest of mankind. Even as their Lord was
“holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners,” so may it be with
believers in Christ. May they follow Him; and may they not know the voice
of strangers, but come out from the rest, that they may follow Him without
the camp.

We cry to Thee this morning for the preservation of Thy church in the
world, and especially for her purity. Oh Father, keep us, we beseech Thee,
with all keeping, that the Evil one touch us not. We shall be tempted, but
let him not prevail against us. In a thousand ways he will lay snares for our
feet, but, oh, deliver us as a bird from the snare of the fowler. May the
snare be broken that we may escape.

Let not the church suffer dishonour at any time, but may her garments be
always white. Let not such as come in among her, that are not of her,
utterly despoil her. Oh Christ, as Thou didst groan concerning Judas, so
may Thy children cry to Thee concerning any that have fallen aside into
crooked ways, lest the cause of Christ in the earth should be dishonoured.
Oh God, cover we beseech Thee, with Thy feathers, all the people of
Christ, and keep Thy church even until He shall come who, having loved
His own that were in the world, loveth them even to the end.

We would each one of us ask this morning that we may be washed as to
our feet: we trust Thou hast bathed us once for all in the sin-removing
fountain. Thou hast also washed us in the waters of regeneration, and given
us the renewing of our minds through Jesus Christ. But oh for daily
cleansing! Dost Thou see any fault in us? — oh we know that Thou dost
— wash us that we may be clean.

Are we deficient in any virtue? Oh supply it, that we may exhibit a perfect
character, to the glory of Him who hast made us anew in Christ Jesus. Or,
is there something that would be good, carried to excess? Be pleased to
modify it lest one virtue should slaughter another, and we should not be the
image of Christ completely.

Oh Lord and Master, Thou who didst wash Thy disciples’ feet of old, still
be very patient toward us, very condescending towards our provoking
faults, and go on with us, we pray Thee, till Thy great work shall be
completed, and we shall be brethren of the First-born, like unto Him.

Gracious Master, we wish to conquer self in every respect; we desire to
live for the glory of God and the good of our fellow men.
Wilt Thou enable us especially to overcome the body with all its affections
and lusts; may the flesh be kept under; let no appetite of any kind, of the
grossest sort, prevail against our manhood, lest we be dishonoured and
unclean. And let not even the most refined power of the natural mind be
permitted to come so forward as to mar the dominion of the Spirit of God
within us.

Oh help us not to be so easily moved, even by pain may we have much
patience; and let not the prospect of death ever cause us any fear, but may
the Spirit get the mastery of the body. We know nothing can hurt the true
man — the inner, new born, cannot be smitten; nor is it to die: it is wholly
incorruptible, and liveth and abideth for ever in the life that is in Christ

Oh for a complete conquest of self especially render us insensible to praise,
lest we be too sensitive to censure. Let us reckon that to have the
approbation of God, and of our own conscience, is quite enough; and may
we be content, gracious God, to hear the cavilling of unreasonable men;
yea, and to hear the misrepresentations of our own brethren. Those that we
love, if they love not us, yet may we love them none the less; and if by
mistake they misjudge us, let us have no hard feelings towards them and
God grant we may never misjudge one another. Doth not our Judge stand
at the door:

Oh keep us like little children who do not know, but expect to know
hereafter, and are content to believe things which they do not understand.
Lord keep us humble, dependent, yet serenely joyful. May we be calm and
quiet even as a weaned child, yet may we be earnest and active.

Oh Saviour, make us like Thyself; we wish not so much to do, as to be. If
Thou wilt make us to be right, we shall do right. We have often to put a
constraint upon ourselves to be right; but oh, that we were like Thee,
Jesus, so that we had but to act out ourselves to act out perfect holiness.
We shall never rest till this is the case, till Thou hast made us to be
inwardly holy; and then words and actions must be holy as a matter of

Now here we are, Lord, and we belong to Thee. We caught at that word as
we read it — “Having loved His own.” Oh, it is because we are Thine own,
that we have hope. Thou wilt make us worthy of Thee. Thy possession of
us is our hope of perfection. Thou dost wash our feet because we are
Thine own. Oh how sweet is the mercy which first took us to its heart, and
made us all its own, and now continues to deal tenderly with us that, being
Christ’s own, we may have that of Christ within us which all may see and
which proves us to be the Lord’s.

Now this morning, we would bring before Thee all Thy saints, and ask
Thee to attend to their trials and troubles. Some we know here are afflicted
in person, others are afflicted in their dear friends; some are afflicted in
their temporal estate, and are brought into sore distress. Lord, we do not
know the trials of all Thy people, but thou dost; for Thou art the Head, and
the pains of all the members are centered in Thee. Help all Thy people even
to the end.

Now we pray Thee to grant us the Sabbath blessing which we have already
sought; and let it come upon all the churches of our beloved country.
May the Lord revive true and undefiled religion here, and in all the other
lands where Christ is known and preached and let the day come when
heathendom shall become converted. Let the blessed gospel of the Eternal
God prevail, let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Oh that we may live to
see that day!

The Lord bless our country have pity upon it in all its present afflicted condition.
Oh, let the people see Thy hand, and understand why it is laid upon them, that they
may turn from wrong-doing, and seek righteousness and follow peace.
The Lord hear us as, in secret, we often cry to Thee on behalf of our beloved land,
the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon it yet again, for Jesus’ sake.

C H Spurgeon Pastor at Prayer
(Extracted and lightly edited by Jeff Maxwell)

FOR SERMON: No. 1499. (October 12, 1879.
SCRIPTURE: John 13:1-17. HYMNS: 186, 262, 263.

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