I’ve heard it said to pray the ACTS way: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (Actually, at my church, our whole service is modeled around this.)
Trouble is, I sometimes get stuck with the very first letter. “A.” Adoration. I find myself saying, “Oh God, you’re so good. You are great. A great, great, good God.” Sounds so bland and, well, repetitive, doesn’t it?
Of course, God honors those prayers, feeble though they are, but wouldn’t it be nice to fill the Adoration part with something a little more meaningful? If only I could pray like David, flowing with amazing rivers of hallelujahs.
For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Psalm 33:4-5
But wait. I can! That’s what the Psalms are for. Yay for the Psalms! A while back someone encouraged me to pray from Scripture, and the Psalms offer perfect praise to fill the “A” section.
Now when I come to the Lord in adoration, I can say, “Lord, your word is upright. Thank you that all your work is done in faithfulness [how awesome is that, by the way?]. I praise you because you love righteousness and justice and yet, you don’t forget love. In fact, the earth is full of your steadfast love. Praise you, my savior. Amen.
How awesome to adore the God of the Psalms through the Psalms. And what a skill to pass along to the kids.