Sometimes I feel somewhat silly with my confidence in preaching – it is a much maligned and under valued art of most church services and is often reduced to ‘entertainment’. In my opinion preaching is a God ordained way of impacting the life of people, of seeing lives changed by the Gospel. All through the Scriptures God uses preaching and preachers. Anyhow I read this quote on a blog today and was encouraged by a great british preacher of the 20th century (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2010/03/17/the-sacred-anointing/).
“Seek him! Seek him always. But go beyond seeking him; expect him. Do you expect anything to happen when you get up to preach in a pulpit? Or do you just say to yourself, ‘Well, I have prepared my address, I am going to give them this address; some of them will appreciate it and some will not’? Are you expecting it to be the turning point in someone’s life? Are you expecting anyone to have a climactic experience? This is what preaching is meant to do. This is what you find in the Bible and in the subsequent history of the church.
Seek this power, expect this power, yearn for this power. And when the power comes, yield to him. Do not resist. Forget all about your sermon if necessary. Let him loose you, let him manifest his power in you and through you. . . . This unction, this anointing, is the supreme thing. Seek it until you have it; be content with nothing less. Go on until you can say, ‘My preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.’ He is still able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think.”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids, 1971), page 325.