A Long, Rich Conversation with God (pt. 3)
The joy of depending on the Lord for a sermon.See theme
How have you been praying for yourself as a preacher?
In the last few years I've prayed, Lord, after I get through with this, help me retreat. Help me do this and then choose the way of hiddenness. Help me to walk away from this and thank you and rejoice in you and go on to the next thing. Adulation is more powerful than criticism in what it does to your soul.
How about praying for your hearers?
Throughout the whole process I can see the people who are going to be there. During the singing, before the preaching, I look around at people, and I'm aware of what they're struggling with, so I will be praying for them. Often it's, Oh Lord, thank you, you've got a great word for them today. When I'm thinking of people who are suffering or angry at God, I pray, Lord, please help them stay with me long enough to hear the good news at the end of this.
During the sermon, I'm typically ...