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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 08, 2015

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> "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."
> Luke 5:4
> We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes
was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle
were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God
worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be
pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God
worketh without instruments, doubtless he is glorified; but he hath himself
selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which he is most magnified
in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. "Master, we have toiled
all the night and have taken nothing."

What was the reason of this? Were they not
fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they
understood the work. Had they gone about the toil unskilfully? No. Had they lacked
industry? No, they had toiled. Had they lacked perseverance? No, they had toiled
all the night. Was there a deficiency of fish in the sea? Certainly not, for as
soon as the Master came, they swam to the net in shoals. What, then, is the
reason? Is it because there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the
presence of Jesus? "Without him we can do nothing." But with Christ we can do all

Christ's presence confers success. Jesus sat in Peter's boat, and his
will, by a mysterious influence, drew the fish to the net. When Jesus is lifted up
in his Church, his presence is the Church's power--the shout of a king is in the
midst of her. "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me." Let us go out
this morning on our work of soul fishing, looking up in faith, and around us in
solemn anxiety. Let us toil till night comes, and we shall not labour in vain, for
he who bids us let down the net, will fill it with fishes.
> Evening
> "Praying in the Holy Ghost."
> Jude 20
> Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer--"In the Holy Ghost." The seed of
acceptable devotion must come from heaven's storehouse. Only the prayer which
comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord's arrows back to him. That
desire which he writes upon our heart will move his heart and bring down a
blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with him.
> Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to
hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all. As well speak
of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer--it is essential that it be red hot. It is
praying perseveringly. The true suppliant gathers force as he proceeds, and grows
more fervent when God delays to answer.

The longer the gate is closed, the more
vehemently does he use the knocker, and the longer the angel lingers the more
resolved is he that he will never let him go without the blessing. Beautiful in
God's sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable importunity. It means praying
humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us up with pride. It is his office to
convince of sin, and so to bow us down in contrition and brokenness of spirit. We
shall never sing Gloria in excelsis except we pray to God De profundis: out of the
depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest. It is loving

Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love--love to our
fellow saints, and love to Christ. Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A
man prevails only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the author of faith, and
strengthens it, so that we pray believing God's promise. O that this blessed
combination of excellent graces, priceless and sweet as the spices of the
merchant, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Ghost is in our hearts!
Most blessed Comforter, exert thy mighty power within us, helping our infirmities
in prayer.
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