Does Sermon Prep Count As Devotional Time?

Do you have devotional time that is just between “You and God” and doesn’t affect your sermon prep?

Someone asked…

Or more clearly…”Does sermon prep count as devotional time?”

Let me say this…

EVERYTHING COUNTS FOR EVERYTHING…

What you talking bout

Well…when you sit down for devotional time…

You ask the Lord for Help…

You pray over a text.

You ask the Lord to speak…

God speaks to you…

And God helps you…

Why would you deny that power in your sermon?

we talking bout sermon illustrations…we talking bout sermon ideas….we talking bout examples…

Why would you deny the insights gained form one on one time with God from your sermon preparation…

So yes…insights from devotional time should inform…empower…and strengthen your preaching…

You better-not let that time leave you…

Now what about the other way around…

Does sermon preparation count as devotional time?

ok…that’s a little different…

Because sermon preparation time includes study of the text with careful attention to context..

We make sure that we understand the real meaning of the text…

We go grab commentaries….we go grab different translations…

And we get a deeper meaning of the text…

And God speaks to us through the process…

And it helps us…

And it strengthens the sermon…

And strengthens our relationship to God.

There should be time when you read the text..and ask God to speak…

There should be time when you go deep into the text and ask God to speak…

And all of these things should aid both your sermon…

And your devotional time…

So no…

Stop saying sermon prep don’t count as devotional time…

Use it all…

Paul said pray without ceasing…

And if you do that…

I hope you use the insights gained from all of that ceaseless prayer in your sermon…

Maranatha…

Brother Sherman

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Sherman Haywood Cox II

Vanderbilt Trained Minister (MDiv), Univ. of Alabama Trained Software Developer (MS), Author, Blogger (http://soulpreaching.com), Husband, Son, Brother, Father.