ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS FATHER
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Praise God the Father
Praise Him that He is a perfect caring Father. Praise Him for His perfect love. Praise Him for His discipline and instruction.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for Amelia. Pray that she would be able to get her visa situation sorted. Ask God to encourage her and to guide her.
Hebrews 1:1-3 – New International Version
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Theologians call God’s speech to us revelation (not to be confused with the book of Revelation). It is called this not to make it sound mystical, but to indicate the nature of his communication. God reveals to us what we could not discover on our own. We also “reveal” things when we communicate with others. We tell them with words, actions, or expressions what we are thinking and feeling. What God has revealed to us tells us his will, his ways, and his character. We desperately need to know from God what is true to believe, what is valuable to love, and what is right to do. In the Bible we find two main forms of revelation. One is called “general” and the other “special.” General revelation is what God has revealed to everyone, everywhere and tells us some general things about God. We can learn from creation that God is powerful, creative, etc. We can learn from the fact that we have a conscience with an innate sense of right and wrong that God is a moral being. Special revelation is what God has revealed in his Word, the Bible and in his Son, Jesus. These are not something that someone can just walk outside and ascertain, rather they are given to us through God’s more direct means. God has spoken in the past through the prophets and through his actions with Israel, but now in a complete and final way he has spoken through his Son. God is there. God communicates. God has communicated in his Son. Now, talk to God about these things. Tell him what this makes you think and feel. Ask him for clarity on how to live in light of these great truths.