Week 2: Adoration
Many Biblical prayers follow a format that is known as the “ACTS” format for prayer. Each letter in the word “ACTS” stands for a different portion of prayer, in the order in which they should be prayed: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Following this model can greatly enrich your own prayer life as it guides us toward a healthy and balanced prayer life. The first one we will learn about is Adoration. When we think of adoration, we often think of deep love, devotion and respect, but adoration also implies worship, praise, and exaltation.
As we begin our prayers, it is helpful to remember who God is and what He has done for us. God is the Creator of all things. He is infinite and eternal, which means He has no beginning and no end. The Psalmist wrote: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2) God also gives us life through His Son Jesus. Martin Luther once said that the gospel, in a nutshell, is found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believeth in should not perish but have eternal life.” We are also told in Ephesians chapter 2 that this gift was free! (v. 8-9)
As we think about who God is and what he has done, we naturally adore Him. When we pray adoringly to God, it simply means that we love him because of who He is and what He has freely given to us. Think about how you feel when someone gives you a gift. You might feel gratitude and thankfulness. You also feel loved and you love the one who gave the gift as well. Adoration is a way that we express to God that He is worthy of our praise, worship and love. Do not confuse adoration with thanksgiving that we will learn about in a couple weeks. The purpose of adoration is not to remind God about Himself, but instead, the purpose of adoration is to help remind yourself of the wonderful majesty of who God is. By reviewing God’s majesty, it helps to put you in a prayer frame of mind.
What are some ways in which you can express love, respect, and devotion to God?
Is there anything in your life that you adore more than God? What is it?
How can you adore God more this week in your everyday life?
Lord, we praise your name for sending Jesus to make it possible for us to have eternal life. You are a great and loving Father who cares about us. Thank you God, that you have always cared for us and that you are a good and kind Father. We love you God, and we lift up your name for all that you are and all that you do. We worship you and adore you. In Jesus name, Amen.
The Perfect Wisdom of Our God by Keith and Kristyn Getty
The perfect wisdom of our God,
Revealed in all the universe:
All things created by His hand,
And held together at His command.
He knows the mysteries of the seas,
The secrets of the stars are His;
He guides the planets on their way,
And turns the earth through another day.
The matchless wisdom of His ways,
That mark the path of righteousness;
His word a lamp unto my feet,
His Spirit teaching and guiding me.
And oh, the mystery of the cross,
That God should suffer for the lost
So that the fool might shame the wise,
And all the glory might go to Christ!
Oh grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
Your perfect will in your perfect way.
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