This evening, before our Saturday service got started at 5:00pm, those of us involved in leading parts of the service gathered as we always do to pray for the preacher, the worship team, the congregation, and anything else that was on our minds.
Since it can be hard to know what to pray before leading worship, I thought it might be helpful for me to share what I prayed tonight, and what I often pray before a service (roughly).
“Lord, please protect me and all of us here from rushing through this service just to get it over with.
Help us to be expectant for you to be at work, help us to be present at this service and at this hour, and give us a love for these people who are coming. Some of these people have been looking forward to this service all week long. Some don’t even know why they’re here. Lord, please help us to lead these people well.
We pray that you would accomplish your purposes tonight. We don’t want to be a hindrance or lackadaisical. Help us to be ready and sensitive to your Holy Spirit. We pray that you would use us, in all our different parts, for your glory.”
It’s never a good idea to lead worship without praying for God’s help first. If I don’t pray before a service, I’ll lead worship thinking that I’m very big, I’m the boss, and it’s all up to me.
I want to be made small. I want God to take control. And I want God to do what he alone can do.
Before your rehearsals and services, make a point of praying and asking for God’s help. God knows we need it.