Our prayer this month focuses on one of the ten Healthy Missional Markers in the Vitality Pathway Process. By “healthy” we mean pursuing Christ. By “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world. It is our fervent prayer that FirstCov becomes a healthy missional church.
Not only do these markers help us to listen to the Holy Spirit, they are also expressions of the Holy Spirit working through us.
Learn more below about this month’s marker, “Heartfelt Worship”.
“Heartfelt Worship” as a Missional Marker means:
- We exalt and celebrate God for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
- Worship reflects careful preparation to help give voice to many dimensions of response to God such as adoration, praise, contrition, lament, and commitment.
- People leave worship knowing something more about the heart of God and about their own hearts.
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.” Psalm 138:1
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23
Chip Ingram observes three postures as a person draws near to God in worship:
- First, worship brings an upward look. A glance at God on His throne in all His glory. It refocuses our view of God. It pulls our affections off our idols and puts them onto God. It causes us to remember how good He is, how big, kind, powerful, and loving He is, and how holy He is.
- Second, worship brings an inward look. When you see God for who He really is, as Isaiah did [in Isaiah 6], you start to see yourself for who you really are. You start seeing things in your heart and in your life that really didn't bother you before. But notice that after Isaiah saw and confessed his sinfulness, he also experienced the mercy, grace, and forgiveness of God. That's what happens when you really worship.
But worship doesn't end there...
- Genuine worship always leads to an outward look—a personal response or action—a desire to be obedient to whatever God calls you to do. Genuine worship isn't just singing songs and getting a good feeling in your heart. Genuine worship is seeing God for who He really is—His power, His greatness, His holiness, His sovereignty, His love, and His compassion—and then giving Him what He’s worth—the best of your time, your talents, your thoughts, your words, and your deeds.
True worship is seeing afresh the tremendous worth of God and, in response, giving Him the best of everything you have.
Let our prayers be heard this month, that the FirstCov church family is intentional in preparing our hearts for worship, participates in the fellowship and praise with other believers, and eagerly anticipates the power of the Holy Spirit to dwell within God’s church (the body of Christ).
Will you pray?
Father God, You designed us to worship You. All too often, we find ourselves worshiping the things of this world. Lead us back to celebrating You, adoring You, being in awe and in fascination of You. Set our hearts right, to be ready and eager to fill our time of worship with an expectation that You will show up in big ways. You give provision and power to those who worship You in spirit and in truth. We don’t want to just go through the motions; we want our hearts to be on fire for You and for the ministries happening at FirstCov. Give us a passion for You and Your Word that is unmatched in this world. We proclaim that You are Holy and good. Reveal to us the workings of Your heart and what You are leading FirstCov to in this time of Vitality. Renew each of us and soften and change hearts that have been hardened through trials or conflict. We boldly come before You asking these things in the beautiful name of Jesus, Amen.