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One of my favorite Spurgeon sermons is “The Throne of Grace.”

Like many things Spurgeon says we find this homily useful on more than one level. In other words, when he speaks about a particular passage or even a short phrase of Scripture his insights are so penetrating, so well expressed that you suspect he is seeing much more than you saw.

This may be why Spurgeon cannot be easily set aside. A second glance is almost always necessary, but not within minutes of the first. I’ve found waiting days, weeks or even months later is better once you’ve given your heart time to digest the first reading.

On first reading I quickly concluded that Spurgeon’s remarks on “the throne of grace” are mainly about prayer. But I tried a second glance. Do like I did and read it again as if he was speaking just as much about worship as about prayer. Reading his sermon this way makes this short phrase – “throne of grace” – bloom all over again.

It may change the way your heart goes into corporate worship this Lord’s Day coming. Here are the opening sentences to this wonderful sermon on God’s  ‘throne of grace.”

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“The throne of grace.”—Hebrews 4:16

HESE words are found embedded in that gracious verse, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”; they are a gem in a golden setting.

True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God.

It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feeling of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature towards the Lord our God.

True prayer is not a mere mental exercise, nor a vocal performance, but it is deeper far than that—it is spiritual commerce with the Creator of heaven and earth. God is a Spirit unseen of mortal eye, and only to be perceived by the inner man; our spirit within us, begotten by the Holy Ghost at our regeneration, discerns the Great Spirit, communes with him, prefers to him its requests, and receives from him answers of peace.

It is a spiritual business from beginning to end; and its aim and object end not with man, but reach to God himself.


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