ACTS in Prayer – Part 2 – Adoration

A = Adoration – praising God for His attributes and character

C = Confession – of sin

T = Thanksgiving – for what God’s done

S = Supplication – praying for myself and others

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;  give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 NIV

I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done. Psalm 22:22 TLB

 Adoration (praise) simply means to adore, esteem and honor God by focusing on His attributes and character. Most of us are not in the habit of using adoration when we pray so it may seem a little weird at first, but like with anything else, the more you practice it the more confident you’ll become.

In his classic book Too Busy Not To Pray, Bill Hybels says “adoration sets the tone for the entire prayer.”

Sometimes I go thru an Alphabet of Praise – using letters of the alphabet to ascribe honor to Him. Of course, the letters “q”, “x”, and “z” aren’t the easiest, but don’t worry about that.    Here’s an example: “Father, I praise You because You are Awesome, Beautiful, my Creator, Dynamic, Everlasting, Faithful, Good….”

Men, if this feels a little weird, remember a couple of things: a) it’s best to pray in private even though we need to pray with one another, b) focus on power terms if you struggle with others; ie use words or phrases like: You are my Armor, Courageous, my Defender, Mighty, Powerful, my Shield & Strength, Victorious, Warrior.

Another way that helps me focus on God’s attributes is reading a Psalm and thinking on one or many of the characteristics revealed in that Psalm. Try taking Psalm 103 and write down the attributes of God you see and praise Him for them.

Adoration is a great place to start because it helps us acknowledge and focus on God’s greatness and lines up with the model Jesus gave us for beginning our time of prayer.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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