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I appreciated this practical devotional to preparing for the Lord’s Day by Paul Tautages

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day—a day of great privilege for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, let me suggest you take some time this evening to prepare your heart and mind so that you may serve the Lord effectively, as an instrument in the hands of the Redeemer to further His great work in the church and the world. Set aside 15-20 minutes. Here is a suggestion as to how you may use that time to prepare for tomorrow.

Begin by opening your Bible and reading Hebrews 10:19-25. Then…

Think about These Truths:

As sinners who have repented and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior…

  1. We have direct access to God’s presence.
  2. The finished work of Christ is the new and living way to the Father.
  3. Jesus is our great High Priest who intercedes for us before God’s throne of grace.

Therefore, let us (together) go to our assembly determined to worship intentionally:

  1. Draw near to God in sincerity.
  2. Draw near to God in true faith (faith based on truth).
  3. Remember that our consciences have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus.
  4. Remember that our “sins of the body” have been forgiven by God upon our confession of faith.
  5. Hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering in doubt.
  6. Rest in our faithful God’s promises.
  7. Ponder how to encourage each other’s growth in love and truth while we fellowship together tomorrow.
  8. Be firmly committee to not miss our worship/fellowship gatherings tomorrow.
  9. Do not leave these gatherings without speaking an encouraging word to another brother or sister in Christ, to further spur them on toward Christlikeness.

Ways to Pray this Evening:

  1. Praise and thank God for sending Jesus and providing salvation and eternal life through faith in His name.
  2. Confess any sins of conscience or body that you have forgotten this week.
  3. Confess any sins to others and ask for their forgiveness.
  4. Confess sins of fear and doubt.
  5. Thank God for His promises and His faithfulness to keep them.
  6. Ask the Holy Spirit to set up an ‘appointment’ with another person who needs your encouragement or gentle admonishment.
  7. Pray for the man whom God has appointed to preach the Word to you tomorrow and for your heart to be open, teachable, mold-able to the Holy Spirit’s work.

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom 12:10).

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Look up!  Look in!  Look around!  Look back!

Joe Thorn explains and offers Scriptural support here.

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Though the sun will rise tomorrow in the same way it does on every other day of the week, let us remember that tomorrow is the Lord’s Day. Help us to recognize that it is a high day, blessed, holy and honourable to you. Give us an abundance of grace to sanctify the day even as you have sanctified it from creation. Do wonders among us tomorrow. Enable us to set our minds on a proper work of preparation, since the Lord’s Day is now drawing near. [Exod 16:23John 19:31Isa 58:13Gen 2:3Josh 3:5Luke 23:54]

When you saw everything you had made in six days, you declared that all was very good. But despite the perfections of our first father, we have all offended in many ways. Yet as we come to worship in repentance and trust in Christ’s blood, wash not only our feet, but also our hands, our head, and our heart. Cleanse us so we can teach transgressors your ways. Let us use this day to the fullest, encircling your altar, declaring our thanksgiving and recounting all your wondrous works. [Gen 1:31James 3:2John 13:9Psa 51:371326:6-7]

Give us rest from all our works for this whole day. Let us leave all our worldly cares at the bottom of your holy hill as we do up the mountain to worship you. Then let us return refreshed to our labours. [Heb 4:10Gen 22:5]

[Excerpted with minor change from Matthew Henry’s A Way to Pray] HT: Paul

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Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
(Psalm 95:2, 6 ESV)

“As you raise your voices and hands in joyful praise and celebration for the grace of God toward you, remember to also bow your heads and hearts. We bow because the Lord is God, Maker of heaven and earth, Ruler over all, and we are drawing near to him. We bow because God is holy, just, and merciful, and we are sinners, always in need of grace. Our corporate worship should always include broken heartedness, for it is the heart’s attitude of humility that gives birth to genuine thanksgiving and joy as we embrace the grace found in Jesus Christ.”–Joe Thorn

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Here’s a prayer for the Lord’s Day–a model for how we should prepare for Sunday morning:

We pray thee, assist us in all the religious services of this thine own holy day. Go along with us to the solemn assembly, for if thy presence go not up with us, wherefore should we go up? Give us to draw nigh to thee with a true heart, with a free heart, with a fixed heart, and in full assurance of faith. Meet us with a blessing: Grace thine own ordinances with thy presence, that special presence of thine which thou hast promised where two or three are gathered together in thy name. Help us against our manifold infirmities, and the sins that do most easily beset us in our attendance upon thee; let thy word come with life and power to our souls, and be as good seed sown in good soil, taking root, and bringing forth fruit to thy praise; and let our prayers and praises be spiritual sacrifices, acceptable in thy sight, through Christ Jesus.

— From Matthew Henry’s “A Family Prayer for Lord’s Day Morning” in A Method For Prayer (HT:  9Marks)

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So, Easter Sunday (or as we like to call it Resurrection Sunday) is history for this year again. I hope you had a great day celebrating with other believers the glorious truth of the Resurrection!  Up from the grave He arose!

However, in another sense I hope you will realize that this Sunday is just as glorious as the last one.  Oh, maybe you won’t have as much special music and you probably won’t have a new outfit or one that you just save for special occasions but this Sunday is just as special as the last one.

I’m thankful to Jeremy Walker for pointing out “this snippet from Spurgeon here“which he provides in slightly fuller form. As you read it ask yourself, “What about this Sunday?”

There is no ordinance in Scripture of any one Lord’s-day in the year being set apart to commemorate the rising of Christ from the dead and for this reason every Lord’s-day is the memorial of our Lord’s resurrection. Wake up any Lord’s-day you please, whether in the depth of winter, or in the warmth of summer and you may sing –

Today he rose and left the dead,
And Satan’s empire fell!
Today the saints his triumph spread,
And all his wonders tell.

To set apart an Easter Sunday for special memory of the resurrection is a human device for which there is no Scriptural command. But to make every Lord’s-day an Easter Sunday is due to him who rose early on the first day of the week. We gather together on the first, rather than upon the seventh day of the week, because redemption is even a greater work than creation and more worthy of commemoration and because the rest which followed creation is far outdone by that which ensues upon the completion of redemption! Like the apostles, we meet on the first day of the week and hope that Jesus may stand in our midst and say, “Peace be unto you.” Our Lord has lifted the Sabbath from the old and rusted hinges whereon the Law had placed it long before and set it on the new golden hinges which his love has fashioned. He has placed our rest day, not at the end of a week of toil, but at the beginning of the rest which remains for the people of God. Every first day of the week we should meditate upon the rising of our Lord, and seek to enter into fellowship with him in his risen life.

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