“God, send us a season of glorious disorder. Oh, for a sweep of wind that will set the seas in motion and make our ironclad brothers now lying so quietly at to roll from stem to stern. As for us, who are as the little ships, we will fly before the gale if it will but speed us to our desired haven. Oh, for fire to fall again—fire which will affect the most stolid! This is a sure remedy for indifference. When fire falls into a man’s bosom, he knows it, and when the Word of God comes home to a man’s soul, he knows it, too. Oh, that such fire might first sit upon the disciples and then fall on all around!
“For, to close, there was then a daily increase of the church: ‘The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved’ (Acts 2:47). Conversion was going on perpetually. Additions to the church were not events which happened once a year, but they were everyday matters. ‘So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed’ (Acts 19:20).
“Oh, Spirit of God, You are ready to work with us today even as You did then! Stay not, we beseech You, but work at once. Break down every barrier that hinders the incoming of Your might. Overturn, overturn, sacred wind! Consume all obstacles, heavenly fire, and give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Your reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
Charles Spurgeon Power for You, Whitaker House, 1996, p. 112.