Back in my IBLP days I can remember hearing somebody from that ministry (I don’t remember if it was the “head honcho” or one of the staff) remark that the reason Moody’s ministry had prospered to this day while Spurgeon’s had not was because Spurgeon smoked.
Apparently in the eyes of that person the volumes of literature that Spurgeon left us do not count. But I would be willing to wager (in a figurative sense–I don’t advocate either smoking OR betting) that many more people have been blessed, challenged, and edified by the works of Spurgeon than have ever walked the halls of Moody Bible Institute.
Which brings me to today’s “From the Treasury” selection. One of the best features of the edition of “The Treasury of David” that I am reading is the inclusion of the comments of great theologians of the past on virtually every verse of the Psalms. This particular selection on the power of prayer is by 17th century cleric Edward Reynolds:
Satan hath three titles given in the Scriptures, setting forth his malignity against the church of God: a dragon, to note his malice; a serpent, to note his subtlety; and a lion, to note his strength. But none of all these can stand before prayer. The greatest malice of Haman sinks under the prayer of Esther; the deepest policy, the counsel of Ahithophel, withers before the prayer of David; the largest army, a host of a thousand Ethiopians, run away like cowards before the prayer of Asa.
Through readings like this, messages I have listened to, and experiences at our church, God has been impressing on my mind the importance of prayer. I long to see God work powerfully as he did through Esther, David, and Asa. I ache to see His name lifted up in unmistakable ways through the humble prayers of his servants.
May God grant it, for His glory.