What if...We all spoke with this in mind...What if we all gave counsel with this as our rule....What if all pastor's used this as a guide for preaching...
The anointing of the Holy Spirit helps me greatly when I preach i would never attempt to teach the truth of God by my own power. One day before preaching at Teignmouth, i had more time than usual, so I prayed and meditated for six hours in preparation for the evening meeting. After I had spoken a little while I felt that I was speaking in my own strength rather than God's power. I told the brethren that I felt as though I was not preaching under the anointing and asked them to pray. After I continued a little longer, I felt the same and therefore ended my sermon and proposed that we have a meeting for prayer. we did so, and i was particularly assisted by the Holy Spirit the next time I preached. I am glad that I learned the importance of ministering in God's power alone. I can do all things through Christ, but without Him, I can accomplish nothing.
This ministered to my heart. I always ask for the filling of the holy spirit when I am speaking to someone...but do I just go to prayer if I don't feel the presence of the Lord? or do I keep giving my wisdom in hopes Jesus will use me.