The task of preaching can be daunting. Each time a preacher steps into the pulpit they have the weight of rightly dividing the Word of God. Do you pray for them? Do you know what to pray for them? This post offers a sample prayer for your preacher.
To paraphrase from Mark Twain, the rumors of the death of the traditional sermon have been greatly exaggerated. There are clear reasons the traditional sermon must remain.
“When we live with a tight grip on the first draft of our dreams, we are sure to be disappointed. Being too enamored by our dreams, even dreams that appear God-glorifying, may cause us to reject any opportunities that don’t fall within our ideal blueprints, and therefore missing out on God’s unique calling and work for our lives. However, if we allow for iterations of that first dream, or circumstances that may not look exactly like that dream, it leaves us open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. Holding onto our dreams closes us off from being sensitive to how the Spirit is leading, along with what God is doing in the world and in you.”