We are always fighting the clock it seems; never finding enough time to do it all. Many days, we can find it difficult to devote time to our relationships with God, and then we feel convicted that we are not giving priority to God, or anxious because he doesn’t feel near. If this sounds at all like you, I urge you to start with adoration.
If gratitude is the memory of the heart; then adoration must surely be its song. Adoration is telling God who he is to you using your own words. Just look at a verse or short set of verses and consider who scripture is telling you God is and tell him that.
I was first introduced to the concept of active adoration by Sara Hagarty in her fabulous book, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet. She describes adoration as “inhaling his word and exhaling praise.” On her website, everybitterthingissweet.com, she provides a monthly downloadable adoration guide, with a scripture and adoration statement for each day of the month. Several months ago I started downloading these and using them…and incorporating adoration into my relationship with God has changed me.
Adoration is a beginning—a change in how you think about scripture and who God is to you. When you begin to think through the filter of adoration rather than our selfish natures, you find yourself drawing nearer to God in any moment of the day. Ann Lamott writes that our prayers fall into three categories: thanks, help, and wow. Adoration helps us to see the wow in our every day, not just in the stunned or shocking moments.
Adoration trains us to look up to God rather than around us and it has been amazing to me to see the changes throughout my life from changing my focus. 1 Corinthians 3:18 says “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” You become what you behold!
If you choose to follow the monthly days of adoration list, it is super quick to read that day’s adoration statement and the accompanying verse or you can read your own scripture selection and write your own adoration statement. Then you can meditate on it and talk to God about it the rest of the day. If you have more time, you can journal additional thoughts on adoration or explore commentary or study bible footnotes on that verse. Copies of the monthly days of adoration are provided in the church lobby or you can download one at everybitterthingissweet.com.