Dads, as you are helping your kids in getting ready for worship, are you helping their minds get ready also?
Andy Harrison wrote an article earlier this year on “Leading My Family in worship.” He made this observation, “Worship is not a place we go or an experience we have, it is something we do.” He quoted a passage from Genesis 22 regarding Abraham and young Isaac.
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5).
Getting Ready for Worship.
Just like Abraham and Isaac, we are taking our family to worship. And just like Abraham and Isaac, there are preparations that need to be made before worship. We don’t have a “turn-on-worship-mode” switch in our minds. Keeping that in mind, what is the spiritual and emotional climate of our family leading up to that time of worship?
Here are some ideas that will help:
- Wake up earlier. That may mean you go to bed earlier on Saturday. If you stay up so late on Saturday night watching TV, and then you are dragging out of bed on Sunday to worship God…that’s a problem.
- Listen to hymns or audio Bible. Listen to something to help get your mind ready. Again, we cannot fool ourselves into thinking that we can just show up at the church building and “prang” the worship switch comes on.
- Have a conversation with the family. Emphasize the importance of what we are all about to go and do. Lead the way, dads.
Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness (Psalms 29:1-2).