This is the text of a sermon that CH Spurgeon preached of between 5000 and 9000 on July 17th 1859 at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall.
It is essentially a call to the church to pray for God’s sudden and mighty power to break out in revival. To remind the church that what God has done in the past, He can do again. You can feel the force of the words and see that Spurgeon was indeed a mighty preacher.
Let what God has done suggest to you the prayer that he would repeat the like signs and wonders among us. Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival of religion—men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations.
Biblical stories, historical revivals and contemporary (to Spurgeon) accounts of revival are all refenced and again and again Spurgeon calls the assembly to pray.
Only wrestle in prayer, meet together in your houses, go to your closets, be instant, be earnest in season and out of season, agonize for souls, and all that you have heard shall be forgotten in what you shall see; and all that others have told you shall be as nothing compared with what you shall hear with your ears and behold with your eyes in your own midst.
The little booklet then closes with an account of how the Irish awakening of the 1850s and 1860s from George Muller’s n.
It’s a little packet of dynamite.