Prayer and Vibrant Worship Ministry

Hopefully you’re not in a hurry, the quote that follows needs for you to slow down, much like coming into town and having to drive 25 mph awhile. It’s about prayer.

It’s taken me much too long to grow into this, but I can honestly, humbly say my prayer life is as vibrant right now as it’s ever been — and I’ve been around awhile! More and more I’m understanding that prayer is an ongoing, steady, unending dialogue with the Savior of my soul. Granted, we have a couple times each day when I stop and talk with Him, just my God and I, but He doesn’t wave good-bye when I move on to what’s next or head out the door, He comes with me. We talk constantly. I’m confident He knows what I’m thinking about because I confide in Him as my day unfolds (or tries to unravel, which happens now and then).

In my opinion, the lines that follow are worth “Selah – Think about it.” Please don’t just skim them and say “Yep, that’s right” or nod and click next; take thirty seconds to reflect on these thoughts. I believe the author is exactly right.

Our prayers build the kindgom of God and destroy the kingdom of Satan. But where there is no prayer there is no warfare.

Where there is no warfare there is no spiritual reality.

Where there is no spiritual reality, there is no victory.

Where there is no victory, there is nothing glorifying to God.

Charles Stanley

 

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If you’re involved in worship and the arts at your church, those words may be a bit unsettling. We frequently assert that we sing, play, act, paint, etc., for the glory of God, yet it’s the easiest thing in the world to plan, practice and drill so hard we neglect to pray.

Asking the help of the Very Audience of One we sing and play for each week in worship is more than important — it’s vital.

How does your church incorporate prayer into your planning, rehearsing and corporate worship? Would you share a couple prayer-related things that help your church glorify God? Others could benefit from things your fellowship has found useful. Thanks!

Phil—


4 Replies to “Prayer and Vibrant Worship Ministry”

  1. cumby

    My favorite words in your post are “but He doesn’t wave good-bye when I move on to what’s next or head out the door, He comes with me. We talk constantly.” Thank you! …

  2. Phil

    Hi cumby 🙂

    Glad you liked the ever-present concept today – Thanks for saying so…

    How does your church keep prayer as a focus in preparing for worship ministry?

    I’m wondering what those who serve in worship ministry at your church do to stay intentional in prayer
    1) in planning
    2) in rehearsal and
    3) in corporate worship?

    Thanks!

    Phil—

  3. cumby

    …I am not the pastor at my church but I minister at the local prison or wherever I am sent, to preach or do praise and worship.

    It is my personal experience, but certainly not a fixed rule, that 2 hours before the Lord in prayer, worship and the study of the Word is needed for every hour I spend ministering to people.

    Sorry I cannot give you specifics on worship in my church, as I do not know the answer. I can tell you that the pastor is black, I’m white and the congregation is evenly mixed racially. This makes for a good mix of music styles in praise and worship.

  4. D.S. Lear

    Psalms 100:4
    1.Enter the gate with Thanksgiving. The opening is the gate and you go through with an extended hand offering the sacrifice you bring. Enter in … it is a straight gate, narrowed by all the stuff just pressing in…but if you close your eyes and just say Thank you…you will enter in.

    2.Once you’ve entered in … praise says here I am surrendered.

    That’s for me good planning.

    Rehearsal. The children of Israel in their feast and temple worship where holding “little rehearsals” to picture the real.

    After entering the gates and coming into the court the first thing accomplished was the offering. … So we come to the altar and say Lord I cast all my cares on you because you care for me. Lord I lay down my life willing to take up the yoke you have given me. You have called me to worship, you have called me to lead others to worship and know you, Search me O Lord and know my heart. Forgive me of all that would hinder.

    This prayer prepares us to move on with pure and holy intentions.

    Move on to setting yourself apart, sanctifying yourself by examining your own image in Light of His Word. The Word always transforms us into the right image. For it is His image we want to portray to the congregation.

    This brings you to the inner court of Holiness. A place of the Spirit revealing the Word. A place of offering prayers as songs of incense. Not songs about Him but songs to Him.

    You are inside the veil now and find yourself in awe. You stand before the very Throne of God, His Presence ignites your heart and your face begins to shine with the Light of Truth.

    His house is a house of prayer and our bodies are the temple His house..for me how else would I enter in but to follow His footsteps of His Word.

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