Practicing for the Big Game


You’ll be amazed by how much you anticipate weekly worship when you have regular time with God.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV).
Football coaches have a saying about preparing for the big game: “As you practice, so you play.” It works the same way in our spiritual lives. Regular time alone with God is how we practice staying close to God each day. And certainly if we’re going to have meaningful weekly worship with other believers, it’s always more meaningful when we’ve spent time alone with God.

Have you ever been to a worship service that just seemed to fall flat? Maybe you thought your pastor let you down and gave a sermon that was just plain boring! Or maybe the music didn’t connect with you or wasn’t the style you were in the mood for that day. Some days things just don’t connect, and you think, Well, that was a wasted hour.

No doubt we preachers sometimes fall short, and no doubt some music gets on our nerves. Yet when a weekly service disappoints, it may be because you haven’t been in practice all week. As you practice, so you play the game. You’ll be amazed how much anticipation there is for weekly worship when you have regular time alone with God.

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