LISTEN: Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. Shares Why he Prays Before he Preaches

H.B. Charles Jr. praying at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church.
H.B. Charles Jr. praying at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Editor’s note: The reason why God has blessed HB Charles’ ministry so much is because he’s a man of prayer. The power, my friend, is not in the preparation, but in the prayer. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” HB Charles Jr. must believe J.H. Jowett’s old, famous quote “I’d rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” Pray, then preach, preacher!

BCNN1 technician’s note: We are calling on Christian tech guys in the Jacksonville area to help Pastor Charles set up a RSS feed for his podcast on his website so many more people can listen to it.

This is episode #014 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

In this episode, I talk about why I pray before I preach and what I preach when I preach.

When I start my sermons, I typically begin with a public prayer. No one told me to do this or taught me that I should do it. In fact, many of the preachers I look up to do not publicly pray to begin their messages. But I pray before I preach for two reasons:

  • To personally and publicly declare I need God’s help to speak faithfully.
  • To pastorally and publicly declare the congregation needs God’s help to hear clearly.

These are seven things I want and need the Lord to do in and through and for me as I preach the word: 

  1. Faithfulness
  2. Clarity
  3. Authority
  4. Passion
  5. Wisdom
  6. Humility
  7. Liberty


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