C.H. Spurgeon C.H. Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
Life
"Go forth today, by the help of God's Spirit, vowing and declaring that in life --- come poverty, come wealth, in death --- come pain or come what may, you are and ever must be the Lord's. For this is written on your heart, 'We love Him because He first loved us.'"
 
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The Work of Prayer
"They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers."—Acts 1:14 Andrew Murray was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. His father was a Scottish Presbyterian who served a Dutch Reformed Church. His mother was of French Huguenot and Lutheran extraction. This diverse background made Murray an ecumenical preacher who focused on Jesus Christ. Ordained at age twenty Murray served numerous churches throughout South Africa. He promoted missions within South Africa and to the Transvaal and Malawi tribes. He is best known as a writer—Abide in Christ With Christ in the School of Prayer; and Waiting on God are all classic works instructing Christians how to deepen their prayer life. A woman once came to Murray with a problem: She couldn't pray. He said, ""Why, then, do you not try this? As you go to your inner chamber, however cold and dark your heart may be, do not try in your own might to force yourself into the right attitude. Bow before Him and tell Him that He sees in what a sad state you are, and that your only hope is in Him. Trust Him, with a childlike trust, to have mercy upon you, and wait upon Km. You have nothing—He has everything."" The woman followed His advice and discovered that her trust in Christ's love helped her pray even when prayer did not come easily. We can let the Lord do the work of prayer through us. Bend your knee, trust in Him, and wait upon Him. Give thanks to Christ that you can come to him always.

""May he give us a large and strong heart to believe what mighty influence our prayers can exert.""—Andrew Murray "
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.