Preaching and Easter (Part 6)

Praying about our preaching (as we discussed last time) may seem to go without saying. That is why we need to say it. Particularly on Easter, we dare not allow ourselves to get caught in the mechanics of another busy Sunday. We must recognize that our very best efforts are utterly powerless apart from God’s blessing.

A well-known pastor of days gone by frequently said, “Nothing of eternal value is ever accomplished apart from prayer.” Nothing is more eternal than the message we deliver on Easter Sunday. Nothing is more eternal than the destinies of every man, woman, and child who hear that message. Nothing is more eternal than the life offered by the empty tomb of the Savior. In all areas of life, we must be people of prayer. But never is that more vital than when we deal with the eternal. Paul sensed that and asked his friends in Ephesus to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:18-20 nkjv).

Paul understood how vital prayer was for effectiveness in ministry—not only his own prayers but the prayers of others as well. It is that reality of the need of God’s empowering that should and must drive us to our knees as we prepare to preach on Easter Sunday and every Sunday.

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