Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11
We prayed for healing and for the constant pain to leave. It did. It has been almost seven months since the retreat and the pain has not returned..... Read More...

Seeds of the Kingdom

O, Come Let Us Adore Him

by Julie Smith

20 September 2016

« Previous Day | Next Day »

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise … worship the Lord in the splendour of His holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:25 & 29, NIV

Just recently I have sensed the Lord convicting me that I am all too quick to run into His presence and begin my list of prayer requests. It’s so easy to come before Him with a shopping list. As the Holy Spirit brought that recognition, at the same time came the realisation of how sad that must make God feel.

Of course He’s interested and wants to hear what’s on our hearts, but wouldn’t we feel used and sad if someone regularly wanted us simply for what we could do for them? We’re made in God’s image, and the desire we all have for genuine relationships based on who we are, and formed through taking the time and effort to get to know one another, comes from God’s heart. He wants us to spend time with Him, relating with Him for who He is.

I remembered the acrostic model for prayer I learned years ago, ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Just as Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s prayer, ‘Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name’, adoration comes first: adoring God, not for anything He has done or can do for us, but adoring Him simply for who He is.

The dictionary definition of ‘adoration’ is: deep love and respect, worship, veneration. To adore means: to love, glorify, praise, revere, extol, esteem, magnify. When we take a moment to stop and think about how magnificent, how awesome, how amazing our God is, it’s our natural heart’s response to adore Him, to give Him the adulation He deserves, to want to glorify His name and in so doing bring joy to His heart.

And I love the chorus: ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will become strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.’(Helen H. Lemmel) It’s so true! As we look up to Him and bring Him our worship, not only does it delight His heart, but something happens in ours too. Our whole perspective changes: what was big becomes small, and what was small becomes big. The cares and concerns, the issues we were facing that seemed like insurmountable obstacles blocking life’s path, suddenly seem less important, and we are reminded again of who our God is, just how great and mighty He is, how precious is His love for us and how utterly safe we are in His care.

I decided to take some worship songs and use them as prayers. Perhaps you might like to join me:

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.

(Laurie Klein)

I give You all the honour
And praise that’s due Your name
For You are the King of Glory
The creator of all things

And I worship You
I give my life to You
I fall down on my knees...

(Carl Tuttle)

Jesus, Jesus,
Holy and anointed one
Jesus, Jesus,
Risen and exalted One, Jesus. ...

(Brian Doerksen)

You deserve the glory
You deserve the glory and the honour
Lord we, lift our hands in worship
As we praise your Holy name...

(Eva-lena Hellmark)

Julie Smith is married to Roger, and they have two grown up children. Having received deep healing in her own life, primarily through ministry at Ellel Grange and then attending the Modular School at Glyndley Manor, she went on to join the Glyndley associate ministry team. She now works part-time for the International Director’s Office and is an associate teacher for the ministry. She is passionate to see others restored and released into the abundant life Jesus won for us all.


Sign Up Now

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International.