Tonight I was privileged to be able to pray with others for a worship leader who has just been given the awesome responsibility to start leading the Sunday congregation.
I became quite overwhelmed as I was compelled to pray for her, as she steps forward once more on this journey of worship leading.
It’s a journey that she doesn’t take lightly, and she knows she’s not in it for show or recognition, but because she has a heart that burns to see people coming to greater praise, worship and intimacy with God.
I’m seeing that my passion for worship and those who serve the church in this ministry is ever expanding. I’ve prayed for many leaders and musicians in the past, but tonight I just had a deep-down gut feeling to pray encouragement, strength, protection and anointing.
And the feeling hasn’t gone away. As I type this, I’m not fully sure what I should be doing with these feelings. I’m a little drained and emotional but also very excited. I’m excited to see what God will continue to do and build in our local church, and also where He will choose to take those who earnestly seek to serve Him in worship ministry.
I think we should all be praying for our worship leaders and musicians. As I’ve said before, these leaders are at the forefront of the battle and are prime targets for attack. We need to be praying protection for our leaders, as well as that they’ll be guided by the Holy Spirit, and will be inspired to greater creativity and inspiration. That their relationship with God will be deeper and richer, for its own sake as well as for their service to others.
We need to understand what the committed worship leader and musician gives of themselves, even to the point of hardship. They study, pray, practice, rehearse, develop their musicality, invest money in buying and maintaining instruments, and often (though it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly) face trials and tribulations as a direct result of their active service.
True worship leaders and musicians don’t just “turn up” on Sunday, sing and play a few songs and then go home. They generally give a lot of time, energy and money and need both our prayer coverage and our encouragement.