I don’t understand why we need to prepare ourselves to worship or pray or whatever. I just read today somewhere about preparing ourselves for (T)hanksgiving. Isn’t this something we should be doing all the time (1 Thess 5:16-18)? If we aren’t, which would be human nature, shouldn’t we be praying for a spirit of continual thanksgiving? Does it say anywhere in Scripture that we should prepare ourselves to do these things? Psalm 95:2 says, “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” (I’m not saying worship = music.) I don’t see anything about preparing to do this.
There is a praise chorus with the lyrics, “Come, now is the time to worship”. So now we have songs about worshiping before we actually worship! Is this worshiping worship?
I understand that some people are coming from a hard day of work, whether it’s in an office or raising kids and are then needing to clear out distractions so that they can concentrate on thinking about things above during a congregational meeting of some sort. But isn’t worship or prayer or reading Scripture a good way of doing that? Do we really need to spend time preparing for something that will fulfill that purpose? Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” We are to pray when we’re anxious and don’t need to spend time preparing to pray. If we’re praying all throughout the day in addition to extended, concentrated prayer time, it will be easy for us. Do we need to prepare to talk to our friends or prepare to read a book?
Is it just me? This has always been a pet peeve. I have over 100 of them, which is a weakness of mine.
So this is my cranky Thanksgiving message for you. As you may have perceived, I’m an “every day is alike” (Rom 14:5) type of person.
I do hope and pray that you have a nice time with family and can have real fellowship. For those who don’t have family, are lonely or suffering, let’s pray they can have close fellowship with God and have a spirit of thanksgiving during the holiday season when nearly everyone else seems so happy.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
Edit: see the comments for some good points