Preparing our Hearts for Worship Gatherings
I’d like to encourage my fellow worshipers to try something. Perhaps some of you have and still attempt this regularly, but it is something we could all do more. Preparing our hearts for worship before we meet together is a necessary thing that we sadly overlook.
We’ve been in this situation: We are running late to church. Maybe we’re arguing with our children or spouse in the car. Perhaps we have just engaged in a sinful action and without any time to confess and repent and reclaim our focus on holiness, we march right into the sanctuary to worship with our church body. I would suggest to you that worship in spirit in truth just can’t take place properly in that scenario.
We have to intentionally place ourselves in a spirit of confession to God and others, making peace in our conflicts that burden us from true communion with our Heavenly Father.
Also in this equation is our general readiness and willingness to encounter the Holy spirit in our group worship times. For us take the morning leading up to our time together, maybe while we’re getting ready and driving, to be in a spirit of prayer in preparation would make such a huge difference! This is simple stuff, but in practice we have proven to be lousy at it (myself included at times.)
Being a part of a local body of Christ is essential to a Christ follower, but just showing up looking for someone to do for you what only can happen between you and God won’t fulfill that need. We must anticipate all week the attacks from the enemy that will take place before we gather. Always resolving our conflicts and staying in the word and in prayer and furthering our discipleship and disciple-making through the week are things that bring about an exciting and nurturing Sunday gathering. We don’t meet to give you your spiritual fix for the week. It is an hour-long gathering to rejuvenate and encourage the believer and to share the gospel with the lost that is only maximized when we are living a lifestyle of worship throughout the week.
In these days leading up to our next few gatherings, I challenge you to intentionally make right the wrongs in your heart and prepare yourself for an open, honest, and true encounter with God and your church to really make the most of what God has for you.