As my preaching and teaching responsibilities at my church seem to always be increasing, it can be really easy to find myself forgetting to approach the pulpit with a sense of expectancy. As you work hard and prepare your sermon, you bathe it in prayer as ask God to use you through the proclamation of his word. However, it can be so easy for us to forget that at any moment and in any sermon God can do the unexpected. Indeed, the task of preaching is glorious and mysterious. Pastor, God is able to powerfully work through you in the lives of your congregation. I like what Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones says about this:
Seek Him! Seek Him!What can we do without him? Seek Him! Seek Him always. But go beyond seeking Him; expect him. Do you expect anything to happen whey 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? That is what preaching is meant to do.