Baptist blogger Trevin Wax has an awesome prayer posted in his blog Kingdom People, which he calls a “prayer before preaching the Gospel.”
Here’s what he writes about this prayer: This has been my prayer every morning as I have worked on my upcoming book on the gospel. I’ve tweaked it to make it useful for pastors and church leaders who will be proclaiming the gospel today. May we never forget what an awesome privilege it is to preach the good news!
In addition to praying it for ourselves whenever we have occasion to speak and teach about the Gospel or engage in some kind of ministry or outreach, perhaps we can regularly prayer this prayer for the pastors, preachers and teachers that we know.
Here’s an excerpt:
Be ever gracious to me.
Let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.
Give me confidence in the power of your gospel.
Grant me clarity in understanding and proclaiming the truths of your Word. Edify your church through this work.
empower your people to tell the gospel story,
to recount your wondrous deeds
which shine light on your glorious and holy character.
Lord Jesus Christ,
empower your people to announce the good news
that you have brought to earth the life of heaven,
that you have sacrificed yourself for sinners,
that you have been raised from the dead
and exalted as Lord over all creation.
empower us to live in light of the gospel,
declaring its truth with our words,
and embodying this truth through our actions.
Give us love for you and love for one another.
Please go read and pray the whole thing. It is a lovely and deep prayer.