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praying for your sermon – lynne baab

What does it look like to pray effectively as a part of sermon preparation? What kinds of things do I typically pray for? What possibilities am I missing in my prayers before preaching? I’ve been pondering these questions recently, and I noticed several different patterns of prayer for my sermons. Perhaps reading about these patterns […]

waiting well: a spiritual discipline – rod thompson

Learning to wait and learning to wait well is a spiritual discipline. It is also something that is radically counter-cultural in our current times and places. Someone has said that a key word in current society is “dissatisfied”. We are encouraged, hundreds of times every day, to want more and more and more; and not […]

what you pray for is what you will preach for – george wieland

Preaching drives me to prayer. Much of it, I have to admit, is for myself: I need discernment, understanding, and a sense of what is the message that I should be bringing; perhaps my mind is churning and I need help in forming thoughts and capturing key points; because preaching has to be done alongside […]

what happens before/after the sermon? – andrea mcdougall

“Lord, our God, you know who we are: People with good and bad consciences; satisfied and dissatisfied, sure and unsure people; Christians out of convictions and Christians out of habit; believers, half-believers, and unbelievers. You know where we come from, from our circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances, or from great loneliness… But now we […]

the praying preacher’s preaching prayer – andy shudall

  Oh God, this text, this gift you give, Is mine to mine and open wide, Explain, explore, illuminate, apply: Share life-giving breath.   Oh Father, whose very Word, Enshrined in flesh, enfleshed to live, To die, to rise and so to save and reign: Find solidity in me just now.   Oh Son, whose […]

how much should I pray for my sermon? – robyn mellar-smith

When I was training for ministry at Carey Baptist College a few years ago, one of our lecturers challenged us to consider spending as much time in prayer for our sermon as writing the sermon. That’s quite a challenge! For starters, for most ministers, there doesn’t appear to be enough hours in the week to […]

the prayerlessness mess – greg liston

Time for some honesty. The amount of prayer I put into my preaching falls well short of what I would like. It’s not that I don’t believe in the power of prayer. It’s not that I haven’t seen the difference it makes in the depth and delivery of my sermons. It’s not that I don’t […]

the prayers preachers pray: turning stones into bread – tony plews

A prayer I pray often in the preparation, and/or before delivery [sometimes my public prayer at the beginning of my sermon], of sermons is: “Lord, please take the stones of my words, and transform them by your Spirit into living bread, which will feed the hearts, minds and whole lives of all those who listen […]

why should a preacher pray? – andrew butcher

. . . because a preacher before he or she expounds Scripture must first stand under it. The preacher’s authority is not given virtue of the act of preaching, but by the authority of Scripture. . . . because a preacher, high up – perhaps physically, perhaps in the mind of the congregation, perhaps in […]

a puritan, a prayer and a preacher – thalia kehoe rowden

How much has the task of preaching changed in four hundred years, do you think? In my last year of training for pastoral ministry at Carey Baptist College I did a bit of guest preaching in different churches instead of a normal church placement. When I preached at Roskill Baptist, the minister there kindly shared […]