Jul 29, 2012

If you don’t pray I can’t preach

Why a congregation must pray for the preacher from C.H. Spurgeon:

Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer.


  • I found Carson’s summary really helpful. I think it was something along the lines of our prayers may be God’s preordained means of bringing about his preordained ends.

    Perhaps the best example is the prayer that is needed to be justified. Before we pray the sinner’s prayer we are not justified. Afterwards we are.

    • Thanks Kevin.

  • […] A Faith to live by – “If you don’t pray, I can’t preach!” […]

  • Great timing! We are gathering the church to pray tonight and have a section on praying for the preaching of God’s Word, the response to it and a hunger for it. I’m printing off this quote right now.

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