The Art of Adoration

Last weekend, my husband and I stopped by a prayer meeting that was going on at our church. At one point, we went around in a circle and prayed through the different elements of ACTS praying: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication.

When we got in the car, my husband said, "Isn't it funny how when we're supposed to be adoring God, we just end up thanking him for who he is?"

My mind rewound to the prayer meeting: During the session of "Adoration," we took turns praying things like, "Thank you, God, for your goodness," (or "your love," or "your immutability," etc.).

"That stuff belongs under thanksgiving not adoration," my husband continued. "It's not like I say, 'Thank you for being pretty,' or 'Thank you for being so nice.' No, I tell you that you are pretty or nice."

It stunned me a bit how true it was. Even moreso because I had never really thought twice about it.

It got me thinking. If God were really a person and we were really having a conversation, how would I compliment him? What would I tell him I love about him, without feeling like I need to thank him for it, just telling him that I love these certain aspects about him?

You are strong and you keep me safe when I am scared.
You are handsome and dashing and such a gentleman. Such a bridegroom.
You are compassionate, in the way that you deal so gently with me, even though I don't deserve it.

And it was like that unlocked something in my time of prayer.

I thought about how much it means when my husband compliments me and affirms me in areas that matter to me. I realized, for perhaps the first time, what it must mean to God to hear his people gush to him about his attributes, his character, in a way that is pure flattery, pure appreciation, pure relationship.

I am learning, ever so slowly, what it means to adore Him...

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  1. good point! thank you for sharing!

  2. how true! thanks for sharing=)

  3. Wow... great thoughts from your husband! Thank you for sharing that! I think the 'adoration' phase of that ACTS system has always gone that way in any prayer group I've been in as well-- "thank You, Lord, for being merciful," etc. To JUST adore Him... we seem to sing about it pretty well, especially around Christmas ("O Come, let us adore Him- Christ the Lord!"), but how well and how often do we actually DO it? Definitely something to think about (and put into better practice!)

  4. @ Kristin - Yes, it has definitely made me have to shift how I think about "Adoration." And you're totally right that songs seem to have it nailed; maybe I need to get in the practice of singing more of those to get used to it. Thanks so much for your thoughts and comment! :)

  5. I never thought about it like that either. You've got a great husband!

  6. Thanks, Nicole! I couldn't agree more!! :D

  7. I've never thought of praise/adoration in that way before. Very helpful. Please thank your husband for me too!

  8. Great post. I lead interns at a ministry in Kansas City, and one exercise I have them do in a group-time is something I call "Paying Jesus Compliments." Usually we have to do it a few times before people catch on; most people are uncomfortable with that kind of direct, affectionate address towards God.


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