Full text of Charles Spurgeon’s sermon titled ‘The Secret Power in Prayer’. This sermon was originally preached on January the 8th in the year 1888 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Our text for this morning comes from the book of John… John 15:7: Jesus said, ‘If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.’
Beloved, the gifts of grace are not immediately enjoyed by new believers. Coming to Christ, we are saved by a true union with Him, but it is by remaining in that union that we further receive the purity, the joy, the power, and the blessedness which are stored up in Him for His people.
Notice how our Lord states this when he speaks to the believing Jews in the 8th chapter of this Gospel, at the 31st and 32nd verses:
John 8:31-32: To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples, then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
We do not know all the truth at once. We learn it by remaining in Jesus. Perseverance and grace is an educational process by which we fully learn the truth. The emancipating power of that truth is also gradually perceived and enjoyed.
The truth will set you free. One chain after another breaks, and we are truly set free. You that are new to the Christian life may be encouraged to know that there is still something better for you. You have not yet received the full reward for your faith. You will have joyful views of heavenly things as you climb the hill of spiritual experience.
As you remain in Christ, you will have a firmer confidence, a richer joy, a greater stability, more communion with Jesus, and greater delight in the Lord your God.
Infancy is troubled with many evils and problems from which manhood is exempt. It is the same in the spiritual as in the natural world.
There are these degrees of attainment among believers, and the Savior here motivates us to reach a high position by mentioning a certain privilege, which is not for everyone who says that they are in Christ, but only for those who remain in Him.