Sunday morning worship is one of the most important gatherings of each congregation each week. Often, more time and resources are dedicated to public worship than other programs or gatherings in the weekly life of the church.
Whether we are the preacher, the music leaders, or a congregants, we long for the presence of God to be palpable and for the Holy Spirit to be at work in and through His church.
With all the time and resources spent on planning and leading worship, how much time do we spend in prayer for that service?
How much time do we spend interceding for the musicians, tech team, pastor, and congregation?
How much time do we spend praying for the teaching of our children, for provision through the offering, for the fellowship of the believers that are part of our Sunday morning experience?
Are we intentional about seeking the work of the Holy Spirit to do the work of transformation that only the Spirit can do?
At Horizon, for the past 10 years, we have gathered each Sunday morning to spend 20 to 30 minutes praying for the gathering that day. We read a Psalm and begin our prayer time praising God for who he is, based on what the Psalm of the morning reveals to us about God. We then pray for the time before the service begins, for the worship and tech teams, for the pastor, the congregation, the offering, the fellowship, and other activities throughout the morning.
As pastor, I have made it a priority to participate in these prayer times. When I do, my soul receives rest from the busyness of Sunday morning. I connect with God and others through prayer, I’m prayed for, and we ask God to work in ways that we cannot accomplish ourselves.
Attached is the prayer guide we follow each week.
If you have any questions, please feel welcome to reach out to me at [email protected].