The Westminster Catechism declares:
"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever"
So when we come to adore the living God in Christ, we can be truly fulfilled, truly at peace, truly alive.
This page has two prayers of adoration. The first one recalls God's remarkable handywork in creation and celebrates His goodness and faithfulness. The second is a prayer asking for God's forgiveness for the times when we are caught up in other pre-occupations rather than being caught up in God. This prayer could be said just before taking communion, and in personal devotion.
(suitable for use as an opening prayer of adoration in a service or meeting)
How we adore thee.
How we marvel at the depth of your love.
How we wonder at the waves of your grace.
How we are astounded by the glorious balance of the earth.
We are in awe of the vastness of the universe.
We are so privileged to be called your children.
We are accepted and forgiven and embraced.
You are almighty, above and beyond everything.
You are victorious. Darkness, sin and death are under your feet.
You are holy, beautiful and full of love.
How we adore thee.
Prayer of adoration and confession
I am sorry when I get so carried away with the busyness of each day,
never stopping to dwell in your love.
I am sorry when I allow the stresses and demands of work or family to erode and wear away my hope.
I am sorry when I'm caught up in conflict and frustration,
when I harbour resentment, instead of giving out forgiveness.
I'm sorry when I seek to be fulfilled by food, drink or entertainment,
Yet fail to feast on your truth.
I'm sorry when I desire the wrong things, blinded by the media, and forget to engage with the real treasures of love and justice.
You are all love, all hope, all forgiveness, all truth and all I really need.
a reading about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, from Matthew 27:27-54 and Hebrews 12:2-3 (The Message):-
"We are in awe of the vastness of the universe"
With all my heart
I praise the Lord,
and I am glad
because of God my Savior.
He cares for me,
his humble servant.
From now on,
all people will say
God has blessed me.
(Luke 1:46-48, CEV)
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. "I am the light of the world," he said. "Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness."
(John 8:12, GNT)
"The Four Animals were winged, each with six wings. They were all eyes, seeing around and within. And they chanted night and day, never taking a break:
Holy, holy, holy
Is God our Master, Sovereign-Strong,
The Was, The Is, The Coming."
(Revelation 4:6-8, MSG)