The following is an excerpt from Dr. John Piper's book Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Pastors may we read this and be challenged. I sure was. "God, give us tears for our sins. Forgive us for being so shallow in prayer, so thin in our grasp of holy verities, so content amid perishing neighbors, so empty of passion and earnestness in all our conversation. Restore to us the childlike joy of our salvation.
Frighten us with the awesome holiness and power of Him who can cast both soul and body into hell (Matt. 10:28). Cause us to hold to the cross with fear and trembling as our hope-filled and offensive tree of life. Grant us nothing absolutely nothing, the way the world views it may Christ be all in all (Col. 3:11)."