Pulpit Prayers by Alexander MacLaren and published by Classics.
Alexander MacLaren was widely known as a great Baptist preacher and expositor of the late 1800’s and here in this book we have 158 prayers which were prayed by MacLaren before and after his sermons, and at the beginning and end of worship. These prayers are important for they clearly demonstrate the love and passion that MacLaren had for God’s word and the need of people. This book could also be used as a daily devotional or as a preparation to worship.
“O Lord our God, from Whom cometh every good and perfect gift, give us, we pray Thee, the consciousness of Thy presence in this hour of worship, and grant that whatever we may each of us most need for our inward life we may find here and now. Draw our hearts to Thyself, we beseech Thee; prepare us for better service; help each of us to pass beyond the outward forms of worship ; and to come, in the silence of our minds, into the secret place of the Most High. Flash Thy truth upon all our hearts and minds, help us in hearing and in speaking, bless us each as we severally require, receive our thanks for the individual and private blessings which we each possess, and for the universal gift which we each may have – the unspeakable gift of God in Jesus Christ. Hear us, we pray Thee, and grant us Thy presence and help now, for our Saviour Christ’s sake.”