Spurgeon’s Prayers Personalized 145 / 264 XII. TRUST AND PRAY. “O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.” — Isaiah 30:19. NASB
O Lord God, the strength and the hope of Your people, we would approach You through Jesus Christ Your Son with notes of thanksgiving, for we are not ashamed of our hope, neither has our confidence led us into confusion. We have proven it to be true, that they that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which can never be moved, which abides for ever.
We trusted in You with regard to our innumerable sins, and You have cast them behind Your back. We trusted in You, yea, we trusted in You when many evils compassed us about, and we were sore beset with temptation and You brought us out and sat our feet upon a rock and establish our goings. We trusted in You, alas! too feebly, in the hour of our distress when we were troubled exceedingly with earthly things, still You did not fail us though our faith trembled though we believed not You did abide faithful.
The Lord has helped His people, yea the Lord has been the strength and the help of His chosen. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all,” and at this moment, in looking back upon the past, we have nothing to do but to admire and to adore the constancy of love, the faithfulness of grace. We thank You, O God, on the behalf of many of Your people, our brethren, that You have dealt so well with them. We knew them many years ago when their young hearts first believed in You, and here they are still the living, the living in Zion, to praise You as they do this day. Their feet have sometimes almost gone, their steps have well nigh slipped, but You have held them up, and they are walking in their integrity, preserved as only grace could preserve them, living still to praise Your name.
We bless You on the behalf of the much tried among Your children. They went through fire and through water; men did go over their heads, yet have You preserved them. Their hope seemed to wither like the fading leaf, and the summer of their joy turned into a bleak winter of adversity, yet has the spring time come to them and the time of the singing of birds, yea, they begin to pluck their first ripe fruits, and they joy…in the Lord.
O Lord, we praise You for keeping alive a testimony for the truth in the land. There have been dark and evil days, and some that professed to be Your servants have turned traitors to the gospel; yet still You have heard the cry of the faithful, and the candle is not put out, neither has the sun gone down, but even unto this day the Lord, the God of Israel reigns in the midst of His people and His saints exult in His name. And now with this thankfulness upon our hearts, we would humbly ask You to strengthen us as to our future confidence in You. Are there any of Your servants here at this time, or anywhere all over the world, whose confidence begins to fail them by reason of present affliction or deep depression of spirit?
Blessings to you all
P.S. Please pray for Carolyn and me. I have Benn diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. I will go for a consultation followed by surgery on the 27th of July.