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Adoration is praising God for Who He is.
(Psalms 34:1-4) 1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
A wonderful and humble way to utter and start a time of prayer is by expressing praise to God! In a prayer of adoration, you express your deep and sincere feelings toward God in response to His love, wisdom, presence, power, knowledge, grace, holiness, greatness, providence, guidance and His other divine attributes. This kind of prayer will always be an occasion for joy. Remember that our adoration must be reserved for God, not for projects, ministries, or works done in God's name. When you are in God's will, the desire to praise God will come naturally.
Confession is agreeing with God about our sin.
(1 John 1:6-10) 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
When you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, a special relationship was established between you and God. God became your heavenly Father, and you became God's adopted child. That Father and son relationship is eternal. However, through our self-centered, unfaithfulness and sinful decisions in life we strain the quality of that relationship. Our fellowship with God is broken. It is confession that restores the privilege of that wonderful fellowship. Both sin and righteousness are the result of personal decisions, so confession that is based upon genuine repentance will be proven by a change in our daily life. For this reason, our greatest spiritual victories will normally come as the result of this honest, cleansing kind of prayer. Your confession and repentance need to be specific.
Thanksgiving is expressing gratitude to God for what He has done.
(1 Thessalonians 5:15-21) 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
The average Christian probably spends too much time asking and too little time thanking. Paul’s admonition to “give thanks in everything” reflects the maturity of his Christian life. He had been shipwrecked, beaten, hungry, severely criticized, and imprisoned – yet, he could honestly write those words. Why? Because his heart was filled with gratitude! He expressed it like this:
(Philippians 3:7-8) “7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
Prayer provides the opportunity to express our deepest emotions and feelings to God. How long has it been since your heart was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude?
Supplication is praying for the needs of others.
(1 Timothy 2:1) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”
(1 Samuel 12:23) “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:”
When Christ enters our lives, it becomes our spontaneous desire to seek God’s blessings for those around us. This is called “supplication” or “intercession.” It would probably be safe to say that the most consistent intercessory praying which we do focuses on the spiritual needs of relatives, friends, and neighbors.
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