Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 4, 2015

Its hard not to talk about New Year’s resolutions at this time of year. I would assume the most common resolution is weight loss. I remember seeing a few commercials right before the ball dropped from weight watchers. More than likely this is the most common resolution because people do not like the way they look or feel and they imagine themselves losing weight in the future and being happy with who they are. To be honest, I have felt this way with my prayer life. I see others who seem to have such a healthy prayer life and I wish I could get to that point where my prayer life is strong and vibrant. 

In many ways our prayer life can feel like losing weight. We do a good job for a while and then we regress and find ourselves back where we started. Even though our prayer lives can feel like the struggle of losing weight it is a different struggle. In 1 Samuel we read about Hannah who is the wife of Elkanah. We find her in her life where she is struggling with a ‘closed womb.’ She turns to the Lord and the Lord answers her and gives her a son and she names him Samuel. Just a few passages later we read Hannah’s prayer. Her prayer can be broken into three parts. She praises God for what He has done, for who He is and for what He will do. Her prayer shows us what it means to have a vibrant prayer life. This is something that we have access to as Christians. 

As Christians we have access to God through Jesus, our redeemer. So when we think of a mature prayer life it begins with going to God who is the same now and forever. A mature prayer life has its source in God and not in ourselves. That is why it is different than weight loss. It is something that we have to work for, but every Christian comes to the throne of God by the same merit which is by the blood of Christ. When we pray we can turn to God reorienting ourselves to what he has done in our lives, who He is and place our hope and faith in what He will do. Let us resolve to worship and pray to our king.   

THE WORD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10
Sermon: The King We Have All Been Waiting For

SONGS

Jesus Shall Reign
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Hail To the Lord’s Anointed (arr. Sandra McCracken)
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Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace (arr. Red Mountain Music)
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 You Are My King
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Song of Preparation: I Will Praise Him Still
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Song of Response: Raise Up the Crown  (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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