APR 16

Matthew 6:9-13
Memorise Psalm 103:1-2
“...Hallowed be thy name...”

As we begin our prayer addressing God as our heavenly Father, we also centre our prayers on God Himself first, before all things. A prayerful focus on God will enable us to have truly genuine prayers. We ought not to pray with self and personal needs as the focus, important as they may seem. We look to God, the One who can deal with our needs. As needypersons, we must be intensely centred on God as we pray. This focusing on God is to give adoration and praise to God.

Adoration is simply praising God for who He is and what He has done for us. This is what it means when we pray “hallowed be thy name”. It is a cry in praise of the holiness of the name of God. The Psalms are excellent for helping us learn about God’s magnificence, and sets for us a pattern of how we ought to express ourselves when we desire to adore Him. For an example, read Psalm 103:1-4.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases:
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with
lovingkindness and tender mercies:”

Beginning prayer with adoration is a powerful way to get focused on God.The only way for us to be truly sincere in our adoration, is if we ourselves have experienced and understood the goodness of God in our lives. Only then would we have an earnest desire to praise God for all that He has done for us.

Dear Teen, have you already been praising God in your prayers? If not, begin by remembering the goodness of God in your life. Count yourblessings, and thank God for each and every of them. Such adoration pleases God, and He delights to hear it in our prayers.

Thought: In adoration my soul is concerned about the majesty and glory of God.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, blessed be Thy name forever and ever. May I worship Thee with all my heart, mind and strength. May I praise Thee from sunrise to sunset