living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

adoration prayer

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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 handy work in creation and celebrates His goodness and faithfulness. The second is a prayer of confession asking for forgiveness for the times when we are caught up in other pre-occupations rather than being caught up in God. Further down there are also some inspiring examples of prayers in the bible which adore God, including the Magnificat, and a beautiful prayer of complete surrender.

Adoration Prayer

(suitable for use as an opening prayer of adoration in a service or meeting)

O Lord,

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

Dear God,

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 prayer for the forgiveness of sins

An inspiring meditation which reflects on the nature of God's forgiveness:-

Prayer of complete surrender to God

O God,

I lay my life at your feet,
And offer you all that I am.

May my feet follow your leading.
May my mind be renewed with your truth.
May my heart be full of your grace.
May my words be full of your wisdom.
May my mind be full of your truth.
May my dreams be full of your vision,
And my soul fill of your peace.

I lay my life at your feet
And offer you all that I am.


An Adoration Meditation

"Dwell" is a beautiful song meditation on the goodness and protection of God, based on Psalm 91:1:-

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"We are in awe of the vastness of the universe"

bible quote on praise to God with old record player in background

quotes about adoration in the bible

The Magnificat

Mary said:
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)