No doubt, you’ve got to study your lesson you will teach. You must have all your volunteers lined up. You need to have all your resources together.
But the one thing that can be overlooked is prayer…communication with God. If you are like me then you are pressed for time. How can I fit in everything I need to do in the limited time I have been given?
First of all, just like you plan on your lesson and your volunteers, plan on your prayer time. Plan it out. Go ahead and tell yourself that it will be a part of your Sunday morning. This way, it will be on your mind, and not likely to get overlooked.
Plan on prayer, but don’t feel like you have to overwhelm yourself with prayer. One minute of focused communication with God is better than none at all. Remember He is our Source and our Purpose. I recommend aiming for 3-5 minutes to start out with, then head to ten minutes or more. (For clarification, if God leads you to spend two hours in prayer on any given Sunday morning, please obey. This article is not for those that are spending adequate time in prayer. I am honing in those that are struggling to fit it in.)
Decide where you will pray. Some of you can pray in your office. You might have a prayer room at your church building. Before others arrive you may want to prayer walk the halls of the children’s area or the children’s worship center. For some of you still struggling with fitting it all in, try praying while you are driving to church. This is one of my favorite times to pray. If you are alone you can have at it. It’s also great to pray with your family in the car as you are driving to prepare your hearts to worship.
Have an idea of what you might pray about. This will save you time. Pray for your volunteers, teachers, church staff, students. Pray that God would work in incredible ways this morning. Pray that you and others would hear straight from the heart of God. Pray that visitors would find a home with your church family. Pray that as God’s Word is taught lives would be changed including yours, your students, and your volunteers.
After you spend time asking God for all these things, take time to listen to God for a little bit too. Ask specific questions to Him. “Is there anything you want me to know before I start this day, Lord?” “Is there anyone in particular I need to minister to today?” “Reveal to me the lesson You desire to teach me this morning.”
Hope this gives you a start. Make sure sure prayer is an essential part of your Sunday, and everyday.
Feel free to share your best prayer practices for Sunday morning.