Pray on Monday: A Simple Practice Pastors Can Do That Can Help Their Sermons Stick

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A simple practice every pastor can do on Monday that can help last weekend’s message have the impact you want.


It’s what every pastor wants from our Sunday sermons (or talks, messages, homilies – take your pick).

We want to have impact. We want the message to stick. We want the words we speak to help people follow Jesus more closely.

Sermons aren’t just about Sunday. Preaching God’s Word is supposed to help people live better lives Monday through Saturday.

A few years ago I had one of those “aha” moments in which I realized that despite all the work, prayer and study to prepare my Sunday messages, there was one was step I was missing that could really make them stick.

And that step can be stated in three simple words.

Pray on Monday

Yes, it’s that simple.

Pray on Monday.

If you’re a pastor like me, Monday is a down day – at least emotionally, if not an actual day off.

In preparation for my Sunday messages, I work, study and pray that God will use my words about His Word to have staying power with my congregation.

But Monday is my day. My Sabbath. My “leave me alone” day.

A few years ago I was kicking back on a well-deserved Monday off, when this question popped into my head and heart, “Why aren’t you praying about your Sunday message today?”

That was a weird idea, since the message was already “in the can” as they say, so I dismissed it. But the nagging thought wouldn’t go away. So I paused and considered the implications of it.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters