This is for the pastors (obviously since it's in the pastoral forum ) Just about each sermon I hear (regardless where I'm at) starts off with a prayer to the affect of... "Lord, let the words that come out of my mouth be from you, and not mine". Since many pastors' "work week" begins on Tuesday, and research and preparation goes into the sermon, with notes being used, should this be said during the prayer? Many times I will hear the pastor say something regarding a personal experience, or theologically speaking, something that may not be based on Scripture, but eisegetical interpretation. Is this really "God's words" since the pastor prayed that it would be? Wouldn't "Lord, use this message to speak to those present" be more of an accurate statement instead of "not my words, but yours"? It sounds like the pastor is a prophet or something.