A number of year’s ago I got asked to preach in another church on a Wednesday night on prayer because they wanted to develop a prayer ministry in their church. I drove three hours to the church and got there an hour early. The service was scheduled to go 90 minutes and it began right on time at 7:00 pm. The Pastor began with some announcements that lasted fifteen minutes, and then the worship leader took over and led worship for a little over one hour. Then the pastor got up and introduced me with some stories that lasted for ten minutes. So I got up and prayed and sat down, so the worship leader got up and led a closing song and apologized for taking all of my time, but said he was following the Holy Spirit’s leading.
As I was getting ready to leave the Pastor came up to me and said they wanted to have me back again to speak. I said that I would if I could be first in the service and I could follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and give the worship leader what was left of the time. It was an arrogant and rude statement that I repented of on the ride home. Two weeks later I got an envelope from the church with a thank you note, a check for $150 for mileage and $500 for the honorarium. I thought, wow, I shouldn’t have been so rude. I wonder when they want me to come back. I never heard from them again.