How to Pray: Adoration

We’re down to the basic, practical elements of prayer now. Last week I listed four types of prayer that should be balanced in our daily prayer life: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. This week I want to focus on the first one: adoration. In the weeks to come, I’ll look at each one of the others more closely as well.

What is Adoration?

Adoration is the act of praising God for who He is and what He has done. This is illustrated throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms. Here are just a few examples:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

-Psalm 8:1-2

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

-Psalm 24:1-2

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

-Psalm 86:8-10

Why is Adoration Important?

The short answer is this: God is worthy of praise. The end.

The longer answer: adoration is important so that we don’t get into a me-focused mindset. Everything is not all about us; it is about bringing glory to God. Stopping the wish-list prayers long enough to spend some time focusing on who God is and how amazing He is reminds us of this truth.

How To Include Adoration in Your Prayer Time

  • A simple way to start if you’re new to this concept is to read through the Psalms as part of your prayer time. Read a Psalm of praise out loud when you begin praying, and really focus on the words and their meaning so that you are praying the Psalm along with the writer.
  • Another thing you could do is keep a list of traits of God when you read your Bible (like “sovereign”, “majestic”, “glorious”, etc.). Pick one each day at the beginning of your prayer time and use it to help your prayer of adoration, focusing on that single trait and what it means in your life.
  • If you don’t like having a set plan for prayer, you can also just pray whatever comes to mind. What about God do you really appreciate right now? What did you read in your Bible recently that really made a difference in your life? What can you genuinely praise God for at the moment?
  • A good way to stimulate praise is to spend time praying outside. Just being outside and basking in the glory of God’s creation can really make you want to praise Him.

These are just a few ideas for how you can incorporate adoration into your prayers. It is very important to keep balance so that you never forget who God is.

love, grace

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For more like this, check out my previous post Why Pray?

See you on Thursday!  


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