Friday, July 21, 2023

Prayer of Adoration

Friday, July 21, 2923

 Prayer of Adoration by Kay Crumley

Psalm 139:1-6 

1O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; 
    you discern my thoughts from afar. 
3 You search out my path and my lying down 
    and are acquainted with all my ways. 
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, 
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 
5 You hem me in, behind and before, 
    and lay your hand upon me. 
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; 
    it is high; I cannot attain it. 


What is prayer? 

Prayer is communication with GodAs children of God, we need to have a living, vibrant relationship with HimThink about what you do to build a relationship with your friendsIsn’t communication with them imperative to build a bond with that personPrayer is a way to build our trust and faith in HimHe always hears the prayers of His childrenPsalm 145:18 says The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 


Why do we pray? 

If we truly believe God is powerful, loving, and cares for His own, then we take all our cares to HimWe can lay our fears, our hurts, and our worries in His lapWe can also take our victories, our achievements, our joys to HimWhile He already knows all we have on our mind, He desires that we share those things with HimJohn 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 


How do we pray? 

Jesus gave us an example of how to pray in Matthew 6:5-15. That model is divided into three parts: praise, pardon, and petitionHe began with praise, another term for adorationThe scripture reference for today is Psalm 139That chapter has 24 versesI have included the first sixDavid wrote many of the Psalms including this oneHe was characterized as a man after God’s own heartThat leads me to believe David knew how to please God in his prayersOf the 24 verses of Psalm 139, eighteen of them are praise and adoration of GodAdoration is praising God for who God isWhat are the characteristics of GodWhen you want to compliment another person, you name the attributes that are admirable in their appearance or more importantly in their characterDavid opens this chapter listing the ways that God knows him. God knows His children intimately, vs 1.   He knows our movements, our activities and our thoughts, vs 2He knows all our ways, every path we take, vs 3He knows our thoughts and what we’re going to say even before we know them ourselves, vs 4Vs 5 is one that gives me great comfort.  He hems me in, He is guarding my back, He is leading the way going before me, and He has His hand on my head.  He surrounds me with His love and protection each and every day of my life.  Just imagine what that is like to know with complete confidence that we are never alone, without protection, in anything we will ever faceNothing is too big for GodAs believers knowing we are locked inside the knowledge of God is the best news we can have here on earthHowever, that is knowledge beyond David’s ability to understand, vs 6God’s complete understanding of His children is incomprehensible to usThat is the reason to pray in adoration to our wonderful Savior.   

David ends this chapter with one more request that God work in his life: 

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! 
    Try me and know my thoughts! 
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, 
    and lead me in the way everlasting!  

Because He is our Creator, He knows usHe will search us and reveal anything that brings grief to Him so that we can conform to His will and purpose for our lives.    


To Him be all praise, adoration, and glory. 

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