Regular readers will know only too well that I have been looking afresh recently at the life and writings of Spurgeon, in preparation for a planned documentary for which a team of my friends are currently seeking crowd-sourced funding. Reading Spurgeon afresh, it has struck me again just how much he has to teach us. God seems to have uniquely gifted him with great insight into a broad range of subjects, as I am sure you have already seen in the quotes I have shared over on Desiring God about responding to culture and faithfully pursuing fruitfulness.
One of my motivations in studying Spurgeon is of course to look for any keys to his remarkable success. Of course, none of us can ever expect to be the next Spurgeon (there will only ever be one of him!). But, what lessons did he learn that he himself associated with the remarkable success that God sovereignly granted him? You might be surprised that probably his most common answer to that question was simply prayer. Not just his own prayers, but the prayers of his church. Before looking for new-fangled methods, Spurgeon would urge us to learn to pursue God in prayer that great blessing would be granted: