Worship Leaders: 5 Things Your Pre-Service Prayer Should Cover
by Thomas Johnson
You know the drill. It’s a couple of minutes before the service begins, and you remember that you haven’t prayed yet. So you gather your team and try to pray something christiany to inspire your team. Kind of a Let’s win this one for the Gipper speech…but in a prayer. This isn't why we pray.
To be clear, your team’s pre-service prayer should be filled with life, power, authority, and declarations of God’s Word over your service, and over the people of your church.
So with this said, and in no particular order, here are 5 Things Pre-Service Prayer Should Cover…
1. The Expulsion of Evil Spirits. Satan and his imps seek week after week to disrupt your church service. The Good News is that Jesus has given us authority over them: “Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). Using your God-given authority to expel the enemy from your church service needs to be regularly declared.
2. Inviting the Holy Spirit to be Present. Sometimes, we tend to get caught up with the technicalities of being on a worship team: chord placement, lyrics, monitor mix, etc. But neglecting to invite God—the One we’re doing this all for—is imperative. One of my favorite books is Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn. In it, he said that he never ever starts a service without asking the Holy Spirit to come and be present. I’ve adopted this same mantra, too. And guess what: He always shows up!
3. Pleading the Blood of Jesus. Too often, we think of Jesus’ blood as what saves us from sins we’ve committed; which is true. But it’s much, much more than that. Among other things (see 30 Things the Blood of Jesus Does), it defeats sickness and disease (Isa. 53:5). Any idea what percentage of your Sunday parishioners enter your church doors with illnesses? Probably more than we know. Over the years, I've heard story after story of people that experience physical healing during worship. That’s why, during pre-service prayer, pleading the blood of Jesus over every person who will be entering your church doors is so important.
4. That the People Get the Revelation They Need. Notice that I didn’t say, “That the people get the revelation they want.” Have you ever heard an awesome sermon that really spoke to you and inspired you to change…only to hear that someone else—who heard the same sermon—got something completely different from it, but inspired them to change? That’s the work of the Holy Spirit. He gives each of us what we need. Praying during pre-service prayer that your church’s parishioners get what they need is crucial.
5. Clarity, Authority and Boldness Over the Pastor (or Guest Speaker). Every single time I’ve ever given a sermon, God always impresses on me how vitally important it is to Him that I communicate this particular message—His message—as passionately as He impressed it on my heart. So in order to do that, I need clarity of mind, that can only come from the Holy Spirit. If you want your Pastor to preach better, make praying for them in your pre-service prayer a regular occurrence.