Preaching on the Verge of Prayer

In a letter to pastors on July 7, 1948 a certain preacher by the name of Hans Asmussen wrote:

For years it has become increasingly important to me that all our preaching should take place on the verge of prayer. Our preaching should be so near to prayer that it would require only a very slight transposition to turn our words into words of prayer. It is certainly an abridgment of our ministry for a preacher to think of himself primarily as a teacher. The center of the congregational sermon is an act of our priesthood, which we share with all believers, but which must first become manifest in us.

Therefore let us help one another make progress in our praying. What we do in the pulpit is based not only upon the prayers we say during the service; rather it must be the prayers of the whole week that sustain the preacher. They create a spiritual atmosphere which is most in evidence when it is not obvious….

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