004: Praying for a larger outpouring of the Holy Spirit
An elder at the Metropolitan Tabernacle wrote to Spurgeon with 10 suggestions about how to give practical expression to a desire for a larger outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church and congregation.
1. Call a meeting of the Deacons and Elders of the church for special prayer for their own families.
2. Fix an evening to meet the older children of the members of the church to urge them to immediate attention to the salvation of their souls.
3. Call a church meeting for special prayer for a still larger blessing on the ministry.
4. Hold a general meeting of the church for thanksgiving for the blessings enjoyed in the past.
5. Invite from the pulpit all the members of the church to set apart, in their own homes, one particular day (which you should name) for special prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
6. Invite the Deacons and Elders and some of the members of the church to open their homes from 7 to 9pm for special prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
7. Set apart an evening in which yourself, with the Elders, should meet all those in the congregation who are as yet undecided, for special exhortation and prayer, urging them to immediate decision for Christ.
8. With the Elders, meet the students (of the Pastor’s College), the Sunday School teachers, the Tract Visitors, the Classes for special prayer and conference, that their labours may be made more effectual in the salvation of sinners.
9. Print out a selection of promises from the Bible which we might plead before God on this matter.
10. With fruit expected, have the Elders ready to see inquirers after the services.
Alongside his suggestions, he thinks “it is very desirable that our Monday Evening Prayer-meeting should be even better attended than it is.”
Do we pray enough together as a local church for a larger outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Would any of these suggestions work in our particular context?
Is it our desire that our evening prayer meeting should be even better attended than it is?
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