Adoration is a beautiful spiritual practice to train our souls to always adore God when we don’t understand and life is out of our control.
“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
You have set Your glory above the heavens!”
Psalm 8:1 ESV
I sat in a group of women on a Sunday morning after the second service for mentoring training. Several women had been piloting a mentoring program for the last few years and were now opening it up to the women of the church to be mentors and mentees.
I’d been waiting for my youngest to graduate from high school before committing to the ministry and NOW was my time.
We were using this particular training as an example of what a small group mentoring meeting would be like. So after we finished a light meal, one of the leaders led us in a short devotion. Then we prayed together using the ACTS method.
As we sat in a circle together, the world as we knew it came to a stop as we began adoring God. ADORING is the A in the ACTS acrostic.
The room was filled with adoration for God…a sweet aroma rising up.
Women, who loved God, all together, lifting HIS NAME up, one at a time, popcorn style. No thanksgiving. No requests. Nothing but PRAISE. True adoration.
It sounded like this…
O God, you are worthy, worthy, worthy of all praise and honor and glory.
God, you are the Mighty One.
The Alpha and the Omega.
You are the one true God.
Lord, you are the rock of my salvation.
Your love is steadfast.
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
Your Word lights my path.
God, my deliverer, be praised.
You alone are holy.
You are my rock and my refuge.
I am in awe of You.
King of Kings. Lord of Lords.
My living God, enduring forever.
The great Physician. My Healer.
My sustainer. My provider.
I exalt you, Lord.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
My promise keeper.
You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
My soul longs for YOU alone, God.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless His holy name.
Jehovah Jireh. My provider always.
My heart felt like I was kneeling before the Lord with my face on the floor as I listened to the adorations rise up. It went on a little longer before the leader transitioned to confession, the C in the ACTS model.
The ACTS model is this:
Adoration: Praising the Lord for being the awesome God that he is!
Confession: Admit your sins and ask for God’s overflowing forgiveness and mercy in your life.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for all the wonderful things He has done.
Supplication: Bring requests for yourself and for others to God.
More Ways to Adore
Adoring doesn’t have to just be saying attributes of God. You can adore God all day long.
- Say good morning and start a conversation first thing when you awake.
- Our brains are wired to see the negative. Intentionally turn the negatives into positives in appreciation of all that He has done and in hope for what He is yet to do.
- Admire God’s creation.
- Be intentional with your prayers
- Ponder on His Words.
- Make a thankful list.
- Love others. Admire the qualities God has given them.
- Love yourself. Admire the qualities God has given you. He’s made us in His image.
In His Word
Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:10–11 ESV
In Your Life
While the group of women adored I found myself wanting to say, “Thank you Lord for…” so I have the desire to improve my own adoration of God.
How about you? Is this a practice you do regularly? If not, how do you want to get better at adoring our King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
To get started, please visit this site and use this long list of scriptures to help you adore God.
Adore by Sara Hagerty is an amazing book to learn a simple practice for experiencing God in the middle minutes of your day.
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