“Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? I have preached my very heart out. I could not say any more than I have said. Will not your prayers accomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Is it not likely that the Church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? Oh dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer.” ~C. H. Spurgeon
We can never separate prayer and preaching, else we end up with speeches about ancient texts. Preaching is a primarily spiritual event in which the mystery of the Gospel is proclaimed, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, and the penitent one responds. This can happen during a time of preaching that the unconverted may regard as boring or inadequate … but when empowered with the prayers of the Saints preaching God’s Word sets a revival fire within our hearts.
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power… ~1 Corinthians 2:1-4
Pray for your preacher that God will enable him to preach the Word of God with power, conviction, and authority.
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4
Pray for your preacher that he not resist the need for bold, faithful and fearless preaching of the Word of God. Plead that your preacher will powerfully preach the Word of God.
Pray that He will proclaim the fundamental truths of the faith with great clarity, conviction, and strength. Remember that some will criticize him. Pray he will not let this deter him from preaching as he should.
Pray for those who only want to be comforted in their sin and not challenged to come out from it. Pray that they would allow a word of revival to awaken them to the power of God to lead them out of complacency.
What preacher couldn’t be more courageous and empowered to know that his church is praying for him to speak as the oracles of God and say what they need to hear?
Thanks for reading, JD