“How was the church service yesterday?” Stan asked me one Monday morning.
“Not so hot,” I responded. “How was yours?”
“Fabulous!” Stan replied. “What happened with yours?”
“Kind of hard to say,” I said. “The music was kind of boring. The message didn’t seem to grab me. I don’t know, it just wasn’t very good.”
“What did you do to prepare?” Stan asked.
“I’m not sure I know what you mean,” I responded. “I got there on time. I brought my Bible. I had on some nice clothes.”
“That’s it?” Stan asked. “How much time did you spend getting ready to worship God before you even left for the church service?”
“Well,” I responded, “now that you ask, probably not very much.”
“Do you think that could have had anything to do with your reaction to the church service?” Stan asked.
“Maybe,” I replied.
“I would say a whole lot more than ‘maybe’,” Stan replied. “For me,” he continued, “I find that there is a direct correlation between the quality of my preparation and what happens at the church service.”
“Little or no preparation, little or no sense of having worshipped and having spent time with God. And the exact opposite is true. If I am prepared to worship and to meet God at the church service, it will happen.”
Concluding, Stan said, “God is there. The question is whether I am there and whether I have prepared my heart for worship.”
He will purify the the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord, offerings of righteousness. Malachi 3:3.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you allow me to come before you to worship you and to spend time with you. I confess that too often I do not prepare myself by purifying my heart and setting my mind on truly being with you. Please forgive me. And please lead me in choosing to be prepared to spend the time with you in the exact way you want so I am open to truly worshipping you and truly receiving all you have for me to receive. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.