Pray as though nothing of eternal value is going to happen unless God does it.
Prepare as giving “my utmost for his highest.”
Seek not to ‘get a message’ from the scripture, but seek ‘the message’ of the scripture.
Be satisfied not with producing good content, but with producing good people.
Attend carefully to private and public walk with God, knowing the congregation never rises to a standard higher than that being lived by the preacher.