Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What Do You Think?

                   

  
  In his biography of Charles H. Spurgeon W.Y. Fullerton wrote of Spurgeon's mother,   

 "Every Sunday evening Mrs. Spurgeon was accustomed to gather the children around the table, and as they read the Scripture, she would explain it to them verse by verse.    Then she prayed, and her son declares that some of the words of her prayers her children never forgot.

   
      Once she said, "Now, Lord, if my children go on in their sins, it will not be from ignorance they perish, and my soul must bear swift witness against them at the day of judgement if they lay not hold of Christ."  
    
    That was not at all in the modern vein, but it was the arrow that reached the boy's soul.   "The thought of a mother bearing swift witness against me pierced my conscience and stirred my heart." "

      I seriously doubt Mother Spurgeon's prayer would be  anymore popular today then it was in her time.     To me her prayer reveals  an intense holy jealousy for her God and a love for Him that supersedes her love for her children.    What are your thoughts about this prayer by the mother whose son became  one of the most famous preachers who ever lived?    How many Christian mothers do you think would pray this way today?  


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8 comments:

  1. It is a fantastic prayer. It should be prayed by every parent. Yet I doubt but a very very small handful even think this way, let alone pray in this manner.

    Scripture teaches that when the wicked are judged we will be in accord with Jesus Christ whether the wicked that perish be our children or not.

    Thanks for the reminder of this great prayer by this great mother.

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  2. Interesting prayer. I agree with you, that it reveals a love for her God that is unmatched by any other love in her life. Honestly, I have never prayed anything like that & probably don't know anyone who would.

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  3. Wow. This is certainly counter-cultural in our day of self-esteemism. We'd do well to learn from Mother Spurgeon.

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  4. Diane, when I read Spurgeon's biography, this prayer stayed with me.

    After reading it I am encouraged be that kind of mother. A mother who has invested hours instructing their children in the Word and in prayer is the only one who would dare to pray a prayer like this.

    Hugs to you, sister!

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  5. Diane,
    I am not quite sure if I would pray this prayer with those particular words. However, I am fully convinced that God proventially places His children with parents, which not only in faiure but also in their faithfulness, call out their children's God given callings. God deals with us not only in general, like..obey, but in specific, giving a tender child a soft rebuke, and a rebellious child a reprimand.
    You got me thinking now... Thanks so much.
    Jo

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  6. Diane, I just started reading Spurgeon's Autobiography, and this particular part really jumped out at me. I have included an excerpt (in a different, yet not so different context) over at my site. I've included it in part because I wish that I had prayed like that. It's definitely counter-culture but what part of true Christianity isn't? Much love and many blessings to you, my friend!

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  7. Thank you everyone for weighing in on this - I enjoyed hearing what everyone had to say about this thought provoking prayer.

    I took note especially that she said "IF my children go on in their sins --and AT THE DAY OF JUDGMENT" - This says to me that she wasn't passing judgment on her children at the moment or giving up on them. It was Charles Spurgeon who has actually encouraged me more than any other preacher to keep on praying for my children until the day I die and never give up on that.

    So I don't see his mom saying to give up hope or our pleading for our children until it's finally over. Rather I see her making a pronouncement that if they continue to reject until they die, she will then stand with Christ as a witness against them in the final judgment. And to this, I agree wholeheartedly. For how would I, could I, argue with God on that great and terrible day?

    Blessings to all as we make our journey "daily on our way to Heaven" to quote our sweet sister Becky.

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