Preaching Prayers
by Pastor Mike Windley on July 29th, 2014

Every week during our Sunday morning worship times (or at least on the Sunday’s I’m the “preacher”, which coincidentally is about 75% of the time), I pray through three prayers I have either taped or written in my Bible.  All three prayers are prayers I’ve borrowed from others, which resonate with my heart for what I’m about to do as a preacher/teacher of God’s word.
Prayer One comes from Watchman Nee’s book “The Normal Christian Life” (one of my all-time favorites), and has to do with the fact that I am not qualified by own goodness or disqualified according to my failures. I pray that my message would be on the basis of the gospel – that Jesus is my right standing with God. The prayer:
“Lord I do not know fully what the value of the Blood is, but I know that the Blood has satisfied thee; so the Blood is enough for me, and it is my only plea. I see now that whether I have really progressed, whether I have really attained to something or not, is not the point. Whenever I come before thee, it is always to be on the ground of the precious blood.”
Prayer Two comes from another pastor, Allen Holmes, of Daystar Church in Greensboro, NC. He once shared with me some notes of his on another good book, “Communicating for Change”, by Andy Stanley. Pastor Allen wrote this prayer in his notes:
"Father, today I get to share your heart with your people.  God help me to do so with humility understanding that you still have so much work to do in me and outside of your grace my life would be a total wreck.  Help me to communicate with gentleness and grace recognizing that there are hurting people here today who you want to encourage.  Help me to speak your word clearly and directly realizing that truth is the foundation they can build a life on.  Fill my heart with gratitude for the privilege of leading your church and instructing your people, every time I speak lives are changed.  Help me to guard my heart.  I am not angry, and do not want to be judgmental or sarcastic but to preach good news.  Father, I am your son, you are for me, you have called me, you are with me, and I will trust you.  Your word will not return void.  In the name of Jesus, I bind Satan and break every yoke, bondage, spiritual oppression or plans of Satan and every demonic force and I declare that today the kingdom of God will be further established in the hearts of your people!  Jesus speak through me today! “
And I’m not sure where I discovered Prayer Three. It was, of course, in some other book I was reading, and it comes, I believe from preaching great Charles Spurgeon (but I could be wrong about that). It is much shorter and simpler, and based on Luke 18:13 where the tax collector humbled himself before God and said:
“Lord, be merciful to me sinner.”
Preaching and teaching God’s word is a great privilege and responsibility.  I feel completely inadequate to the task, and am grateful to God for His grace to use me and work through me. The Bible is truly God’s voice to us, and it is with great humility that I embark on the task approximately 41 weekends each year!
I hope and pray that our messages at The Bridge are used by God to magnify His name, communicate the GOSPEL with clarity, and an encouragement for all of us to draw near to our loving, heavenly Father.

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