This week, I was reading Wayne Mack’s book—Life in the Father’s Residence in preparation for my men’s book study, and a single line hit me and produced me assume. He writes, “Praying particularly for the church solutions is one more way of preparing ourselves for them.” 
Certain, you pray for the church. That is what we are referred to as to do as Christians. You have been taught the distinction in between the church creating and the church physique. Even so, as we devote ourselves to praying for the people and the households of our church—along with the leaders—when was the final time you prayed for the worship service?
If you have been in the life of the church for any length of time, you have most likely come to the reality that persons have many and sundry opinions about every single detail of the worship service. Occasionally these opinions are expressed in kind of compliment, but nevertheless other people are provided in the kind of complaints. For some, the preacher preaches also extended or he makes use of confusing vocabulary. For other people, the music does not suit their requires. Nonetheless other people have complaints about the truth that we’re standing also extended in the worship service.
At the finish of the day, some of the complaints may perhaps have merit, but how a great deal of the complaining would be solved by a easy prayer every week that centered upon the worship service? I recall arriving early on Sunday mornings and gathering with males from our church to pray for the worship service every week. I bear in mind that as a college student, I was produced conscious of the seriousness of the worship service and the will need to commit it to prayer every single week. How would this modify our view of what’s taking place in the worship service every single week?
Prayer Can Adjust Your Priority
When we study Psalm 95 and Psalm 96, we see language that demands God’s persons to take seriously the gathering for public worship. We are familiar with the words of Hebrews 10:24-25 (stir up encourage), but seriously the complete of Scripture points to the will need for God’s persons to prioritize worship. Just take into consideration the specificity of the Tabernacle and how it was centralized amongst God’s persons for worship.
When we pray for the worship gathering, it is unlikely that we will deliberately location other issues ahead of it and habitually neglect the gathering. When we pray for the corporate worship service, it will modify the way we program our weekly schedule, entertainment, and other activities that generally compete for our time and devotion.
God not only expects his persons to worship him in private settings, individually and inside loved ones circles—but he expects us to worship him publicly with the gathered church. On the Lord’s Day, we are to worship him in spirit and truth via the preaching and teaching of God’s Word (two Tim. three:16-four:five Acts two:42), praise him in song (Eph. five:18-19 Col. three:16), knowledge him in the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and pray collectively as a church and for the church. This is a far unique knowledge than when we are alone in our living area on a Tuesday evening.
By praying for these unique components of the worship service—it’s most likely that selfish complaints will be set aside as the emphasis and accurate objective of every portion of our worship service is place below the light of scrutiny, but most importantly as the desires of our heart are examined via our time of prayer.
Prayer Can Adjust Your Engagement
I bear in mind attending my 1st Atlanta Braves baseball game in the new SunTrust Park a couple of seasons ago. I was amazed by the unique attractions that contemporary baseball parks add into the knowledge of a game. From ziplines to restaurants—attending a game right now is far unique than it was just a handful of years ago.
Inside contemporary baseball parks, it is widespread for persons to be seated at tables just a handful of feet from the field, watching the game on significant tv screens, checking social media, drinking beer, and sometimes glancing out upon the field. What they knowledge is some thing very unique than the persons who are seated in their seats, watching every play, anticipating the subsequent pitch, observing the count of balls and strikes, and checking to see who is standing in the on-deck circle. The persons in the restaurant are close to the game, but they are not engaged in the game.
When we invest time praying for the weekly worship service, it will have an effect upon your level of engagement. If church is merely some thing you attend as opposed to some thing you are involved in and performing on a normal basis—praying for the weekly service will bring this to light. As you pray for the musicians who play, if you have gifts but are not working with them, it will bring about you to reconsider your rationale. When you take into consideration all of the function required just to pull off a detailed worship service every week, you will start to ask your self why you are not up earlier and on web-site to aid get issues into order?
In quick, praying for the weekly worship service adjustments the level of private engagement and enables us to see holes that we can fill. If you are portion of a church plant, why ought to the pastor have to set up all of his chairs in the meeting location every week and study the sermon and preach it also? Why cannot an individual else engage in the setup? Praying for every single portion of the service brings such information to the surface and reveals requires inside the physique that you can aid meet—as opposed to complaining about it.
If the choir is not loud sufficient, why not join them? If the preacher is working with complex vocabulary, why not study and engage the text to fully grasp improved? If no one greeted you on the side entrance on Sunday, why not arrive early and aid open doors and greet persons as they arrive? Prayer has a way of altering your level of engagement—so pray for every detail of the weekly worship service and aid make your church worship improved by how you engage. Contemporary worship has been described as the engagement of the “modern man [who] worships his function, operates at his play, and plays at his worship.”  The only way we can seriously modify this pattern is via obedience to Scripture and focus to the information via faithful prayer.
- Wayne Mack and Dave Swavely, Life in the Father’s Residence, (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2006), 127.
- Quoted by Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, (Colorado Springs/ Nav Press, 1991), 89.