5 Ways to Pray For Your Sermon

We talk a lot about sermons and sermon prep here, the best practices and methods for preparing and delivering messages. But, as you compile all the ways to improve your content and delivery do not forget the most vital aspect: prayer.


Here are 5 ways you can specifically pray this week regarding your sermon:

“Speak Through Me”

The first way you can pray for your sermon is that God speaks through you. Man has a lot to say and a lot of words and ways to say it, but it is all meaningless if God is not speaking through us. This prayer guides you in the direction to stay rooted to God’s word when you are preparing the message.

“Convict My Heart”

One specific prayer I pray every time I prepare a sermon is “God convict my heart for your people and for the issue I am discussing.” We must pray that we not only think this passage and topic reaches the listeners but also moves us and convicts us. Our prayer should be that God cultivates our passion for his word and his people.

“Convict The Listener’s Heart”

I always pray “God, let your words move the hearts of those who hear it” this is so important. We need God’s help to get anything through to anyone and this is an even greater need when we are communicating the Gospel. Always, I repeat always pray that God will convict the listener’s heart.

“Let My Application be Your Application”

A solid prayer to pray while preparing and before delivering your sermon is “God let the application I curated from my study be your application for your people.” This is so important because many times we have our own motivations and wants and we can force that out of the text and into our message. Ask God’s help to stay true to his application.

“Lord, Remove Me”

I always ask God to remove my ego, remove my wants and wishes, and remove my desire for a platform and influence. I think this is so important because in the end it is not about how great I am it is about how great God is communicated through his Gospel. Always pray to let Jesus shine through on that stage not you.

Remember the importance of prayer when you preach and prepare. There is no greater tool at your prep disposal.

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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