When it comes to prayers, are yours all about you and your desires or all about God and His worthiness to be praised? Although Scripture tells us to come boldly before the throne of God and make our requests known (Hebrews 4:16), and Jesus even told us we have not because we ask not, there is a time and place to ask. Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us, “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore, let your words be few” (ESV). Prayer is ultimately about communion with God and aligning our hearts with His. We can make sure our words are meaningful and honoring to God when we come to Him reverently and in awe with an adoration prayer. What Is an Adoration Prayer to God? To adore someone means to show a deep love and respect for that person. Therefore, an adoration prayer includes addressing God Almighty with love, admiration, devotion, awe, and high regard. Some practice adoration prayers by repeating back to God His attributes, acknowledging His worthiness, and praising Him for Who He is and all He has done. Because Scripture provides our basis for knowing Who God is, adoration prayers can be full of Scripture, and that’s one way to ensure that we are praying “according to His will” (1 John 5:14-15). There are many adoration prayers throughout Scripture. Here are just six that you can pray to God as a way of praising Him for His character and many attributes. 1. An Adoration Prayer for God's Majesty In Psalm 8, David’s adoration prayer declares God as the Maker of heaven and earth. Then David compares humans to the majesty of God. David prays: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
2. An Adoration Prayer for God’s Rescue and Protection In Psalm 18, David declares God as his Rescuer in an adoration prayer that praises God’s ability to protect His own. In the first three verses, David proclaims his love for God for His many rescues: “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” David then describes the danger he was in as he was being hunted by men. After describing God’s powerful rescue, he proclaims: “This God—his way is perfect; the Word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?— (verses 30-31). “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation” (verse 46).
3. An Adoration Prayer About God’s Powerful Voice In Psalm 29, David, the songwriter, again, prays an adoration prayer calling all heaven and earth to praise God for the power and wonder of His voice: “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty... The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” (verses 1-4, 10-11).
4. An Adoration Prayer for God’s Provision When I teach young believers how to pray through God’s Word, I often take them to Psalm 145, a beautiful adoration