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Pastor Miles began today’s message by sharing some of his NFL training experience. Playing in the NFL required concentrated preparation. Not only did he and his teammates have to study a very intensive playbook, they took written exams 2-3 times per week to learn about the opposing team and the players’ tendencies and skills in order to mentally prepare for game day. They warmed up and practiced every day, preparing their bodies for the stress that would be placed on them at game time. They listened to motivational speakers that would prepare their hearts for competition. All of these regimens helped them to prepare for whatever would happen during the game so that they would do whatever was necessary to win.
We need to prepare ourselves at the beginning of every day so that our whole day of life can be an act of worship to God.
As Christians, we need to prepare ourselves to worship God. Some of us come to church without feeling worshipful. As we see others worshiping, we ourselves may be thinking about a relationship conflict, financial issues, or other cares of the word that distract us from seeing the greatness of God. These distractions can be powerful, so we need to prepare ourselves at the beginning of every day so that our whole day of life can be an act of worship to God.
Worship is a response of respect at the revelation of God. We want to be ready at any time to respond to God in a way that He deserves. But how do we prepare to worship?
Ezra was a priest in the Old Testament whose purpose was to inspire God’s people to worship Him again. He did this by first preparing himself:
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:10
We should assume that we are not ready to worship God when we wake up in the morning. We have to intentionally make sure that we are rea ...
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