Three Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Worship
As we grow in worship and engage with God together on Sundays, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few things to think through as you look forward to Sunday mornings. It is such a blessing to sing together, reminding one another about the truths of Jesus we so easily forget. My hope is that we will leave each Sunday humbled by the majesty of God and encouraged by his work in the gospel so that we will walk in the power and presence of Jesus all week long. Hopefully, these thoughts will help you as you prepare your heart to worship each Sunday.
1. Come Prayerful
Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Firstly, we have to acknowledge that worship is a spiritual battle. There are a thousand different things vying for your attention and affections. Maybe the kids were especially difficult to get ready this morning, maybe you had a tense conversation with your spouse on the drive in, or work has been busy and you have some major decisions to make that are causing you to lose sleep. On top of that, the music isn’t exactly what you prefer and, if you are honest, you would rather be sleeping in.
Satan would love to draw your attention to any one of these things to keep you from experiencing the beauty, power and presence of Christ. Pray for your own heart and for the people you will encounter on Sunday. Pray against the ways the enemy will use distractions to draw our hearts away. Pray most of all that God would give us open hearts and spiritual eyes to see how he is leading and teaching us.
2. Come Prepared
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
There are lots of ways to practically prepare for worship. They don’t have to take a lot of time, just some intentionality. Our goal is to do all that we can to come prepared to receive what God has for us and ready to respond to him with the people of God. By subscribing to our email list, you can find out a what the sermon will be focused on each week, and you can listen to some of the songs we sing on Spotify. Spend time beforehand becoming familiar with these, praying through them, and talking about them as a family. Spend the morning car ride listening to worship music, praying, or talking as a family about what worship is. Come early so that you can connect with people you may not know and allow some time to sit and focus your heart and mind on what the Lord may want to teach you.
3. Come to Engage
Ephesians 5:19-20 Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lastly, our temptation can be to come to worship as a spectator. We may sit back to evaluate what we are hearing and experiencing. There are times for evaluation, but Sunday morning is a time for you to actively engage. Over and over in the Psalms, we are encouraged to sing, shout, dance, clap and even raise our hands! Remember that the person next to you needs to hear the truths of God out loud as much as you do. Listen intently to the scriptures as they are read and boldly proclaim them as we read together. Use times of prayer to engage with God, asking him to search your heart and minister to you through his truth.
These are only a few ways to prepare your heart for worship, but my prayer is that by beginning to implement some of them, God will use Sunday mornings in new and refreshing way in your spiritual life.