By: Melanie Clarke
24/7 Prayer Week: Breaking down the Lord’s Prayer
“9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.”
The Lord’s Prayer is like a tool-box, breaking down different ways that we should pray. There are different kinds of prayer that serve may different purposes in our lives, but all are important and have a role!
Day 1: Adoration
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.”
What is adoration? The lifting of the heart and mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence. Our time of adoration of God deepens our relationship. Adoration is an attitude that contextualizes our prayer requests. It is the faith that God is present in everything that we are doing in our day-to-day lives, whether big or small.
How do we pray in adoration? We come into the presence of God and be still and enjoy His presence. It allows us to re-centre our lives around Christ, so that in everything we do we live in the presence of God. When we start our prayer, we are called to start in admiration of who God is and what He has done. We have the opportunity to take time to minister to the heart of God, to tell God how important He is and the role that He plays in our lives.
Biblical example of prayer of adoration:
“A psalm of praise of David.
I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day;
yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness.
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
I will proclaim your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
they will sing with joy about your righteousness.”
For ourselves: Thank God for the ways that He has been faithful in your life.
For LIFT: Acknowledge the growth that has happened at LIFT, and that the growth would be impossible without God’s help.
For our city: Thank God for opening doors in our city to continue to serve and share His love.