Spurgeon's magazine, The Sword and the Trowel, provided the material for various collections of his addresses and writings compiled after his death in 1892. Among these was Only a Prayer Meeting, published in 1901 and containing forty prayer meeting addresses which appeared in the magazine up to and including that year. One other brief prayer meeting address from the 1901 volume (‘Unequally yoked together' – 2 Corinthians 6:14-15) was included by Eric Hayden in his compilation C. H. Spurgeon's Sermons preached on Unusual Occasions. A further twenty two such addresses appeared in The Sword and the Trowel between 1904 and 1911, seventeen of these carrying dates for specific Monday evenings from 1866 to 1868. These are reproduced in the first part of this volume, which may be regarded as a sequel to Only a Prayer Meeting, together with several other forgotten sermons to be found in The Sword and the Trowel either on prayer or from roughly the same period of Spurgeon's ministry. May God's people be encouraged to regard individual prayer and the church prayer meeting as priorities in the Christian life.
Terence Crosby was for some time Secretary of the Evangelical Library, London. He lives in south London with his wife, Daphne. As well as compiling other other volumes of readings from Spurgeon’s works, he is also author of My book of hobbies and God’s book, the Bible