I am only 42 years old, but I have realized the incredible significance and importance of The Lord’s Day in the life of the believer. If I ever were to get a doctorate degree, I would love to write my dissertation on the importance of The Lord’s Day to Christianity and to Christians. But for now, I will content myself by giving some suggestions to all Christians on how to pray specifically for The Lord’s Day. These are in no particular order of importance or significance.
- Pray for your pastor to be well rested and fully prepared to proclaim God’s truth through the teaching and preaching ministry. Your pastor has given himself to this primary task of ministry, and he desperately needs your prayers. All the preparation during the week culminates in the few precious minutes of proclaiming Bible truth.
- Pray for God’s people to make The Lord’s Day a priority and to attend the services of the church. No believer should neglect to attend the assembly of the saints together on The Lord’s Day. Therefore pray for every member, if they are physically able, to be in attendance. The average church member has no idea how encouraging it is for the pastor to see his flock in attendance. When someone skips out for foolish reasons, it is incredibly discouraging for the pastor.
- Pray for a readiness in every person who attends to receive the Word of God, to hear it, and to act upon it. We must have hearts willing to receive, ears that are willing to hear, and lives that are wiling to do what God’s Word demands of us.
- Pray for the regeneration of the lost, and for the rejuvenation of the saved. While the corporate gathering of the saints on The Lord’s Day is for the primary purpose of worship, we recognize that there may very well be lost people in attendance. Pray for God to work in their hearts for salvation, and for God’s people to grow in their own sanctification for the glory of God.
- Pray for God the Holy Spirit to bring deep conviction upon hearts. This is part of His ministry, and we can pray for Him to have freedom in being able to convict both the saved and the lost.
- Pray for God’s power to be evident through the preaching of God’s Word. Human eloquence, a charismatic personality, or trendy techniques will not produce the power of God in preaching. Pray for God’s Spirit to infuse God’s Word with God’s power as it comes from God’s man to yield God’s results in the lives of God’s people.
- Pray that the Word of God would run freely in hearts and be glorified. It is the Word of God that people need, as it will point people to Jesus Christ and the glorious gospel.
- Pray for the pastor to preach behind the authority of God, and not be concerned about being a comedian, or a celebrity. Every preacher is merely a mouthpiece for deity. We are public ambassadors, representing Jesus Christ. Pray for your pastor to recognize his position before God and before men.
- Pray for the musicians to communicate God’s truth faithfully and heartily, and draw attention to God rather than to themselves. Every musician must strive to not be the center of attention in how they look or in how they sing. Pray for humility and a sincerity in seeking to draw people to think great things of our great God.
- Pray for the church of Jesus Christ to see souls saved, baptized, and added to the church. This is the great commission. We ought to continue to pray for God to do what He alone can do. We must be faithful in proclaiming God’s truth, but He will save people from their sins.
I encourage God’s people to take these and even pray a couple of them each week, to help focus on the significance and importance of The Lord’s Day.