I challenge you to move beyond the resources of your seminary training, academic books, and cool software programs. I dare you to set them aside after your exegesis is complete and look for inspiration beyond your Starbucks coffee. Enter the solitude of your closet and meditate and pray over what God is saying. Beg the Holy Spirit to illuminate your heart and mind. Ask for the mind of Christ, that you might be filled with all spiritual wisdom. Ask that the Spirit would allow you to grasp the grandeur of God’s Word so powerfully and personally that when you preach, people would hear the words of God, see the face of God, feel the presence of God, and gladly surrender their wills to God. Ask Him to help you preach deep sermons.
From ‘Deep Preaching’ by J Kent Edwards (B&H Publishing, Nashville 2009), p. 160.