“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Football coaches have a saying about preparing for the big game. As you practice, so you play. It works the same way in our spiritual lives. Regular time alone with God is how we practice staying close to God each day. And certainly if we’re going to have meaningful, weekly worship with other believers, it’s always more meaningful when we’ve spent time alone with God.
Have you ever been to a worship service that just seemed to fall flat? Maybe you thought your pastor let you down and gave a sermon that was just plain boring! Or maybe the music didn’t connect or wasn’t the style you were in the mood for that day. Some days things just don’t connect and you think, “Well, there’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.”
I guess that sometimes ministers do fall short, but maybe it’s a just little too easy to blame the worship leaders for a flat experience. When a weekly service disappoints, it might be because you haven’t been in practice all week. As you practice, so you play the game. You’ll be amazed how much anticipation there is for weekly worship if you have regular time alone with God.