Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Preaching what I don't know much about


That's the subject of my talk this Sunday. I'm finishing off a series in the book of James. I wish someone else was scheduled to preach that message.

For me, prayer is something I know very little about. I don't spend much time in intercession. I rarely remember to ask God for help when I'm in a pinch (like the time I got my tractor stuck in a snowy ditch at 1am on Valentine's day just after pulling my car out of that same ditch). I figure I can help myself get out of difficult situations. But the "I-can-do-it-myself" mentality is horrible when you're getting ready to preach on prayer.

There isn't a safe way to approach the subject of prayer. I can't intellectualize it. I can't give a series of quick facts or concepts that will instantly snap people into perfect spiritual shape. Prayer is one of those things that must be practiced. Like soccer, or guitar. And I'll be the first to admit that I'm more like the team water boy or the guy who strings guitars backstage than I am like David Beckham or U2's The Edge.

Nonetheless, I'll stand up this Sunday and do my best to yak about a subject I feel so ignorant about: prayer. I know at least one person who will benefit from hearing the sermon. Me.


The Reverend's Lover said...

mmm - and me.

Luke said...

Dude, its totally awesome that you are doing a sermon on prayer then.
you doing it is way better than some dude who's like "blah blah and you should be up at 5am praying everyday, blah blah, I do it and so you should to."
This way you are in the same boat as most people.
Although, wasn't there something about starting the day with prayer at Mishewah this summer?
I pray a lot when driving. Especially on the way to a call or walkerton.

AnneDroid said...

My first visit to your blog. I like it and this post strikes a chord. I have an absurdly short concentration span and am rubbish at praying as a result. I also have loads of questions about how and why to do with prayer, too. In the highly unlikely event I ever did a doctorate, I'd love to research it all.

Meanwhile I'm so with you, and incidentally I have very often thought when preaching - on various topics - that I was likely to be the person needing to hear the sermon the most!

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