Dear Worship Leader, look around. Who might your worship be fighting for this weekend?
Every Tuesday night, during rehearsal our team has a Huddle. We briefly talk through the setlist and make any notes and changes before we do a full run through of the service. Then, we spend the majority of the time in culture creation.
Usually one of our worship leaders or pastors will do a quick word on what they're learning about the Lord and then we break off into groups to pray over each other.
This particular week, we felt an urgency in the atmosphere to fight a battle in prayer. It was a very specific battle and we all walked into that night feeling it.
A couple girls were so overwhelmed in vocal rehearsal that we just scratched the technicalities all together and worshipped. Acapella.
Instead of praying over each other in circles, this night, we prayed over our church family. Every row. Every chair. We prayed and worshipped over their battles, whatever they may be.
We prayed for healing and wholeness.
For courage and fierceness.
We prayed for provision and strength.
We prayed for defense and dedication.
We asked the Holy Spirit to give us names and faces to see and hear as we sought His face on their behalf.
So when Sunday finally comes, when we look up, look around, we trust that the faces we see and the people we hug might have won some battles this week. Not because of us, but because the war is won in community. It's won in prayer. It's won in surrender.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural)places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]."
"They all joined together constantly in prayer..."