1. Pray that God will give you a heart suitable for worship. Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship (proskuneo) in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Note two things: First, God is Spirit. When we come before God on Sunday, our attitude and mindset must transcend our physical and temporal concerns as our spirits worship God in the spiritual realm. Second, Jesus used the word proskuneo, meaning our worship must come from the heart. If your heart is ready for worship, you will pay attention to the prayers and the words of the songs. If your spirit is right, you will listen to the preacher’s lesson with eagerness and a desire to learn. If you have a contrite heart, you will be convicted of any sin left in your life. If your heart is right, you will honestly examine yourself during the Lord’s Supper and discern the Body of our Savior.
2. Spend time reading God’s Word. In addition to your habit of regularly reading the Bible throughout the week (cf. Acts 17:11; Psa. 119:97), spend some additional time with the Word on Saturday night. Consider this as an ‘appetizer’ for Sunday’s spiritual meal (cf. 1 Pet. 2:2).
3. Purify your mind of worldly entertainment. Of course, Christians have already rid themselves of sinful entertainment (cf. Jas. 12:1; Prov. 14:9; 1 Cor. 15:33). Dirty songs and filthy movies are out of the question. What I’m talking about is pure secular entertainment. If kept in balance, there is nothing wrong with these things. However, refuse to be entertained by anything that will cloud your mind as your prepare for Sunday. Try especially not to drive to church listening to your favorite pop and rock songs – you know, the ones with catchy tunes and strong beats.
4. Get plenty of sleep Saturday night. Go to bed early. Don’t go to bed too late. You and your children shouldn’t be out late with friends on Saturday night. Personally, If I don’t get enough rest, the next day my mind is slow and my emotions are dull. I recognize that I need to be fully rested if I wish to worship my Creator with all of my heart. I advise you to go to bed early so you have plenty of time and energy to wake up Sunday morning and get dressed, pray and meditate, prepare your family, eat, and drive to church.
5. Rid yourself of grudges and hurt feelings. It is nearly impossible to worship in spirit and meditate on the Word if you are upset with a brother or sister. “But they complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the Lord” (Psa. 106:25, NKJV). I’ve seen some worship services that have been ruined because of controversy and quarreling. If both parties in the dispute have pure hearts, go to the offending brother and fix the problem prior to coming before God (cf. Matt. 5:23-24; Matt. 18:15-17). However, make sure that you remove the log in your own eye before looking at speck in your brother’s eye (Matt. 7:5).
6. Be humble and teachable. You will not hear the Word of God if you are suspicious of your preacher or are coming to church with a chip on your shoulder. Approach the assembly with a humble desire to learn and grow. Of course, make sure that your preacher or teacher is speaking truth (cf. Acts 17:11). But let him do his job (2 Tim. 4:2), and make sure you do yours. “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). Remember, “those who seek [God] diligently find [Him]” (Prov. 8:17).