“We always pray for you…” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
Each week, LifePoint’s worship team gathers to rehearse our music for the following Sunday. And each rehearsal begins with team prayer. Before we ever play a note, we gather around and call upon the Lord together.
Though we often pray for other needs during this time, we always make sure to pray for at least three things—three things which are vital to the effectiveness of LifePoint’s gatherings.
First, we pray for all who are attending and participating in the gatherings.
For LifePoint’s members and regular attenders, we pray that they would have a powerful encounter with Christ’s presence in the midst of His people. For those visiting, we pray that they would find a welcoming Spiritual home among us. And for those who are dead in sin and unbelief, we ask that God would grant repentance and new life in Jesus.
Second, we pray for all who serve.
KidLife teachers, Connections team, ushers, greeters, hospitality team, and many others pour time, energy, and resources into serving the church every Sunday. Though many aspects of their serving go unnoticed, these people are a blessing to our congregation. Therefore we, as a team, want to make it a priority to pray that God would empower them to serve with the kind of excellence, warmth, and joy that only Christ’s love in them could produce.
Finally, we pray for whomever is preaching.
We believe that the preaching of God’s Word is powerful, and thus it matters greatly for the life of the church. Therefore, it’s important to pray for this Sunday’s preacher by name. Most often this is Pastor Lane. But we have prayed for many others as well. This week, we’ll be praying for Al Webb who serves LifePoint as an elder, as he will ministering the Word to us.
At this point, you may be wondering why I’m sharing this. After all, why should you care about how the worship team prays for Sunday? Well, I believe that this information is useful for helping you to know how to pray each week for gathered worship. Consider it a simple encouragement to pray for Sunday.
You see, prayer is the most powerful resource the church has. On the Lord’s Day, we can offer awesome music, a well-prepared sermon, a great kids ministry, and every congregational amenity under the sun, but if we aren’t praying for a fresh outpouring of God’s power among us, what difference will any of it really make for His Kingdom?
On the other hand, if we desire to experience the glory of Christ in LifePoint’s musical worship, sermons, and kids ministry—and if we long for lives to be transformed by that glory (2 Co. 3:18)—we must pray.
So what about you? Will you take some time before the Lord’s Day to join the worship team in praying for these things? I hope you’ll make it a priority. If so, what Christ has promised will come to pass:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
This reminds us just how crucial prayer is. After all, it’s the first act of love, the first work of mission. So let’s not miss this opportunity to call upon the Lord, asking Him to be powerful among us as we gather to worship Him this Sunday.
Set List for Sunday, September 10, 2017:
Our Song from Age to Age by Sovereign Grace Music (J. Sczebel)
How Great Is Your Love by Passion (K. Stanfill, P. Wickham, B. Younker)
Jesus Firm Foundation by Various (B. Brown, J. Ingram, T. Wood)
Speak O Lord by Keith & Kristyn Getty (K. Getty, S. Townend)
This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong Worship (M. Crocker, B. Fielding)
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.