I've spent the past couple hours studying and preparing for a retreat I will be leading next weekend. After reading lots of commentaries and books, examining Biblical texts, and creatively building my messages, I took a big step back and said, "God, I don't wanna give them a bunch of crap."
I don't think what I've got is crap. But it was a cry to God to be with me in the preparation and help me say what He wanted said. It was a cry to come off message preparation auto-pilot, crafting messages that I think college students need to hear. It was probably the most genuine and powerful prayer I've prayed all day.
Sometimes, the simplest prayers are the best.