Adoration Prayers – How to Pray Them and Greatly Increase the Intimacy of Your Relationship With God
Do you long for a more intimate connection with God? Do you feel like God is just some distant invisible figure and when you pray you might as well be leaving a voice mail? If that’s the case, then you may need an injection of raw unadulterated praise into your prayer life. I use to think that I praised God in my prayer life until I was reading the Psalms one day and noticed a distinct pattern of prayer that David was using. Using this pattern I discovered an intimacy with God that I hadn’t known before. I realized that thanks and praise are not necessarily the same thing and that I need a regular discipline of adoring God. So are you ready to learn the pattern?
Begin with “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Stop and think about it. When was the last time you said the words “I love you” to God. How often do you say that to God? There really is no substitute for these words. When you say, “I love you” to someone it changes something in the relationship. Specifically, it marks and increases the intimacy in a relationship mud ink . You don’t say I love you to people casually. You may say the words “thank you” to a total stranger, but you would never tell them you love them. That realization caused me to slow down and reflect on the fact that while all of my gratitude to God is a good thing, it’s not necessarily an expression of my love for God. The moment all of this snapped for me was when I was reading Psalm 18 one day. David opens the Psalm simply with the words, “I love you Lord.” Try following his example by beginning your prayers with an “I love you.”
Next, acknowledge God for who God is. I noticed that David was really good about just extolling the virtues of God. Essentially, it’s as if David is complementing God for who God is. David did this by describing God as his rock, his refuge, his shield and the horn of his salvation in Psalm 18. In Psalm 145 David uses phrases such as, “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable” and “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in loving kindness.”
Stop and consider how you feel and how it changes your relationship with someone when he or she praises you for your character. For example, how do you feel and what does it do to your relationship when someone says things like, “You’re kind. You’re amazing. You’re so creative. You’re the most loving person I know.” Now translate that to God. Imagine what it would do to you relationship if you were to infuse your prayers with words that honored the character and nature of God, such as, “You are amazing, powerful, and faithful. You are loving beyond my wildest imagination. You are mighty. You are everlasting. You are gracious. You are great.” Take a moment now or when you are done with this article and make a list of the attributes that make God uniquely God. Use those words in your prayers regularly.
Lastly, praise God for what God has done. David does this in Psalm 18 when he repeatedly voices how God heard his cries and delivered him from the dangers that surrounded him. What have you seen God do? Honor the mighty deeds of God in your prayer life. Make a list of things you have noticed God doing lately.
So, that’s it. I know it sounds deceptively simplistic, but it is not. Start right now and take 5 minutes to do nothing but praise God. Begin with I love you. Then move into voicing the character of God’s righteousness, goodness, and holiness. Then acknowledge the things you have seen or known God to do. This simple threefold prayer process is an astoundingly powerful prayer tool. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. These 3 prayer pieces regularly appear in the Psalms of David and God called David, “A man after my own heart”. Wouldn’t it be great if God saw you as a person pursuing his heart as well?