July 22 – Charles Spurgeon’s prayer request

Daniel Whittle records this account from Charles Spurgeon, who relates this incident connected with his ministry:

“When the college, of which I am President, had been commenced, for a year or so all my means stayed; my
purse was dried up, and I had no other means of carrying it on. In this very house, one Sunday evening, I had paid away all I had for the support of my young men for the ministry.

There is a dear friend now sitting behind me who knows the truth of what I am saying. I said to him, “There is nothing left whatever.”

He said, “You have a good banker, sir,”

‘ Yes,’ I said, ‘and I should like to draw upon him now, for I have nothing.’

‘ Well,’ said he, ‘ how do you know, have you prayed about it ? ‘

‘Yes, I have.’

‘Well, then leave it with Him; have you opened your letters?’

‘No, I do not open my letters on Sundays.’

‘ Well,’ said he, ‘open them for once.’

I did so, and in the first one I opened there was a banker’s letter to this effect :

‘Dear Sir, we beg to inform you that a lady, totally unknown to us, has left with us two hundred pounds for you to use in the education of young men.’

Such a sum has never come since, and it never came before ; and I have no more idea than the dead in their graves how it came then, nor from whom it came, but to me it seemed that it came directly from God.

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