Hi Everyone! This is our second session looking at prayer. We’re using a common way of remembering how to pray, the ACTS format:
Adoration: Give God praise and honour for who he is as Lord over all.
Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
Thanksgiving: Talk about what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
Today we’re going to explore the first one: adoration. So grab your toast and let’s get started!
Pick two friends.
Imagine words that they would use to describe you, and write them down in a list.
Are all the things good? Are they all right?
If you want, you could share this list with those in your family and see if they agree or disagree with what your friends might say!
We’re looking today at adoration – and if we’re praying in the ACTS format, that is where be begin. The idea is that we worship God for who He is, focussing on His character and His attributes.
This is similar to how Jesus started the Lord’s prayer as we just read above!
Our entire world gains clarity and perspective when we are reminded who God is. When we spend time in adoration, praising and worshipping God in our prayers, it can help us to become more eager to pray, and give us encouragement to talk to God. When we remind ourselves that God is strong and loving, it makes us want to pour out out hearts to Him. He is both capable of taking care of us and He desires to care for us. That alone should encourage us to prayer!
It is also important to begin our prayer time with our eyes and hearts focused on God, because we were created to glorify God (Psalm 96).
So the first element of prayer should be adoration, or praise. The Psalms, which are inspired samples of godly prayer, are heavily weighted on the side of adoration. They were written by real people, in real situations, and used in personal and group worship and prayer.
What would that be like for us today?
An example for us might be like this:
“God, I thank You for being trustworthy and kind. You have never broken a promise you made, and everything You say will happen. I praise You for being all-knowing and all-powerful. You are seated above the heavens and You oversee the galaxies, but not one detail escapes You. In fact, the Bible tells us You take care of the sparrows and You count every hair on our heads. You know everything about me, and yet You love me anyway.”
If you’re struggling to think of ideas about what to praise God for, you can use things like the A-Z Worship experience to help you to get ideas together. Start at A, and think of something about God beginning with the letter ‘A’. Then move onto B, etc… write this down, paint it out, or put it in a note on your phone. You can then keep adding things as you pray to God and as the ideas start to flow!
The last bit!
Take some time to pray to God, beginnig with some words or thoughts of adoration.
Then wash up your toast plate!
See you next week,
Mell and Chris