This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
From Speaking Out of Turn:
This past Sunday as I walked to the podium to preach for our fourth service I prayed a prayer I've never prayed before, "I'll take it from here God. If you wouldn't mind, I'd like for you not to be involved in this one. I'd like to see what happens when I do this by myself."
I stood up. I preached. People were visibly moved by my words. People laughed. Afterwards those in attendance shared how much my words meant to them. People made decisions to become followers of Jesus.
The only problem was God wasn't involved. And it appeared it really didn't make that much difference.