Dear pastors and pastoral candidates, Please share your experience and take on the work of the Spirit in your preaching. I am trying to marry the concept of depending on the Holy Spirit to speak through you like through stones and mules with the need of preparation. When I say 'preparation', I do not mean studying the Word and praying, I mean specifically making notes and planning the sermon. Please forgive me for asking this out of curiosity. I have mainly met pastors who prepared their sermons like I would a marketing presentation, and I know that even Spurgeon did prepare for his. But where is the dependency on the Holy Spirit?