PRAYER: A POWERFUL WORSHIP PREPARATION

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God, forgive us for those times we’re too rushed to pray for our ministry, our people and the holy opportunity we have to serve and lead. Help us remember that prayer is where the action is. It’s through our time with you that we are emptied to be filled. We’re thankful for the resources you’ve given us – the people, the talent, the production and creativity, but without your spirit filling each of those buckets, we know how hollow it would be. Without your spirit at work, there will be no transformation in the hearts of people.

We never want to miss the opportunity to pray; to be ready to receive; to be humble in our ambition, presentation and invitation. Give us a heart to serve your church sacrificially and authentically. We trust you’re binding us together as a team to accomplish this important work, right here and right now.

So, we pray for the worship music that lyrics and meaning will be authentic in you.
We pray for love as we lead your people.
We pray we will be able to lead the community in worship more than focusing on personal worship preferences.
We pray that we will lead humbly.
We pray for wisdom in choosing songs, planning for worship and leading with heart.
We pray for leadership and common sense as we work with people in your ministry teams.

Here are three scriptures to pray:

Pslam 19:14

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Pslam 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

God-Sized Prayers

I’ve been convicted lately that we spend too much time praying for things like music, tech and worship services. No prayer is too small or large for God, but we must use our prayer time – both privately and corporately – in praying God-sized prayer! Of course, God cares when we pray for good music, working tech and energy as a team, but what if we could spend time praying for changed lives, revival, and hearts on fire for Christ? Pray for spirit-filled homes, local governments and school, and the next generation to live out faith in such a way it inspires the church. Pray for boldness and resurrection power as you lead and serve.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to prepare for worship with prayer.