On Preaching, Teaching, and Prayer

Here is a great little anecdote from Charles Spurgeon for those of you preaching and teaching this Sunday.

 “When a poor man was breaking granite by the roadside, he was down on his knees while he gave his blows, and a minister passing by said, ‘Ah, my friend, here you are at your hard work. Your work is just like mine; you have to break stones, and so do I.’ ‘Yes,’ said the man, ‘and if you manage to break stony hearts, you will have to do it as I do, down on your knees.’

The man was right, no one can us the gospel hammer well except he is much on his knees, but the gospel hammer soon splints flinty hearts when a man knows how to pray. Prevail with God, and you will prevail with men. Straight from the closet to the pulpit let us come, with the anointing oil of God’s Spirit fresh upon us. What we receive in secrecy we are cheerfully to dispense in public. Let us never venture to speak for God to men, until we have spoken for men to God. Yes, dear hearers, if you want a blessing on your Sunday-school teaching, or any other form of Christian labour, mix it with fervent intercession.” From the Soul Winner

Make much of prayer as you prepare you lessons for this Sunday!

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