Let me share a thought from an article that I read this past week.
“On one of his visits to the Continent, Charles Spurgeon met an American minister who said, “I have long wished to see you, Mr. Spurgeon, and to put one or two simple questions to you. In our country there are many opinions as to the secret of your great influence. Would you be good enough to give me your own point of view?” After a moment’s pause, Spurgeon replied, “My people pray for me” (in Iain Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon [Banner of Truth], p. 44).”
Every week I ask you to pray for our services and for me as well. I knew that Spurgeon believed in the power of prayer by his congregation and that while he was preaching there were those who were praying. This article reminded me of that and affirmed that Spurgeon understood that the great work is the work of prayer and anything that will last is not because of the preacher but because God is at work.
Many in our generation have a very vague understanding of what it means to see God at work. In many cases there is little to no understanding of the real mission or even value of the church other than for social purposes or personal reasons. We desire to make sure that our church strongly emphasizes that the church is God’s plan for this age and we have a great calling and commission that we are to fulfill. It is a joy and privilege to serve Christ in the local church!
So let me return to preparing for Sunday worship. Here are some additional thoughts for you to consider as we gather together each week to corporately worship the Lord. Always pray for:
• Mutual edification—Ephesians 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
• Love for one another—Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
• Spiritual “eyes”—Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
• Humility—Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
• Unity—Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
• Forgive one another—Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
• Fulfillment of the great commission—Matthew 28:19–20: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
There are other aspects of preparing and praying for our worship on Sundays. But this is a good start/addition to your prayerful preparation for Sunday.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.