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December 24, 2017

Prayer of Adoration


"Prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul. When our reply to God is most direct of all, it is called adoration. Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God."

This is Foster's description of the Prayer of Adoration." He goes on to describe it as "The air in which prayer breaths," and "The sea in which it swims." Personally, I feel that adoration is the heart of prayer. Its the heart of our existence. This is one area which the enemy has stolen from so many churches. Why are we so afraid to express emotion and pour out our love and gratitude to our Lord? Is it wrong for us to fall on our faces in the presence of the Living God to worship and adore him? Is it wrong for us to stand with hands lifted high singing holy, holy, holy is our God? We feel uncomfortable with worship because we don't worship. We feel dry and empty because we have dammed up the river of living water which should be flowing from our hearts. We try to control and compartmentalize God releasing our spiritual side when it suits us, but it doesn't work that way. God deserves our all, and our willingness for the Holy Spirit to have his way in our lives. The inability of so many believers to worship and express true, selfless adoration to the Lord is an indicator of the real heart and motives of many churches. I want to see a church that simply says "We are here for you God." Foster describes adoration as the "rarefied air of selfless devotion." Maybe we are not as selfless as we claim to be. Maybe church is far more about us than it is about the Lord. I think Foster's words here would be great for a church vision statement - "We ask for nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness."

Oh what a Savior
Isn't He wonderful
Sing Alleluia, Christ is risen
Bow down before him
For He is Lord of all
Sing Alleluia, Christ is risen

Elevation Worship - "O Come to the Alter"