Psalm 115:18 NKJV – Adoration Prayer

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

Sometimes we have to step back and meditate on the things the Lord has given us. If you don’t this world will begin to pull us back into a belief that what we have is what we have worked for. Well, I’m here to say I don’t believe that. At one time, I believed that, but I’ve changed. Thank You, Jesus. What I have now is so much less than what the world would think as being necessary, but in reality I have so much more. Am I making any sense here? Just keep reading. I’ll begin to clarify myself.

When I met Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior and the purpose of my life, I had to give up the world. I had to leave the world behind and follow Him. I made that choice. There were people who didn’t understand my decision. Some thought I’d get over God and come back. Some thought it was “nice” and they were glad I was “happy now”. I’m not condemning them. I have no regrets. I’m just speaking the truth. I continue to live and work in the world, but what I found to be important in my life and a priority has changed. I am now addicted to God. God healed me of my addictions to the world.

So sometimes it is vitally important that each of us spend some time in prayer but not ask for anything. What do you mean? Pray without asking? Yes. Prayer is a conversation with God from your heart. You can pray without asking. There is something very powerful in prayer without asking. Prayers of love and adoration to Almighty God Himself. Let me ask you something. When you were growing up, did you like when your mom or your dad or a relative or even a teacher called you out and told someone how special you were? I know I did. We all would love to hear how we were loved and how much we meant to someone? That’s human nature and it is birthed in us. To give and to receive love. How much more important is it to pour out that kind of heartfelt love and adoration to the Lord. To tell Him how much He means to us and how much we love Him. To recall the blessings He has given us. To thank Him for the times we felt His presence. So below, I’ve put together a list of some of the things I thank God for and cause me to bless His Name:

  • Before Jesus died, he prayed for me in the garden (John Chapter 17. You really need to read this and let the Holy Spirit get this into your heart)
  • Jesus gave His life for me so that can spend eternity with Him. (When He was on the cross, we were on His mind)
  • God causes the sun to rise each morning for me and the day and His mercy is new. (It’s a promise – Lamentations 3:22-24)
  • God loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • God is slow to anger (Psalm 103:8)
  • My lovely bride, Nancy, who I cherish and celebrate each new day with her. (My great gift from God)
  • My Son, Daughter and Son-in Law who love Jesus and call Him Savior

And the list can go on and on and on. My point is there is such a thing as prayer without asking God for anything. I call it Adoration Prayer. I believe that this kind of prayer is received by God as a first fruit offering. Because, let’s face it. Without God we have nothing. But with God, all things are possible.

Precious Lord, thank You. You are a great and glorious Lord and I worship You. O how I love You, Lord. I sing praises to You and worship Your Holy Name. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. Now and forever more. Let everything that is within me, Praise the Lord. I will shout of Your goodness day and night. Bless the Lord, O my soul. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Luke 18:15-17 NKJV – The Children

Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Jesus turns this event into a two-tier lesson; one about children and the other about disciples.

Let’s start with the lesson about children. They are welcome in God’s kingdom. God is available to them. God’s care for them shows that He cares for all. The kingdom is not only for adults. In the time of this Scripture, children were truly “to be seen and not heard”. The culture placed children on the fringe of importance until they could come of age to be useful to the society. Jesus demonstrated His love for them to a society that may not have.

Next is the lesson for disciples. Children are good role models for a disciple. To be a part of the kingdom, we must receive it in the way a child does. In the time my wife and I spent in Children’s Ministry studying and teaching God’s Word, there were so many times we finished a service and we both realized how much the children taught us. We saw growth in their faith that was astonishing. We watched the little ones bloom in the knowledge of Jesus each week because they simply believed. Yes, there were questions, but when they had been answered, they simply believed in Jesus and the truth of His Word. We witnessed children being called into Missionary service. We witnessed children being called to teach. We witnessed children on their face before the Lord in prayer almost every week. They were unashamed and unwilling to accept being normal before the Lord. Thank You Lord for the little ones. There is so much to learn from them.

Holy Lord. Thank You for the children. We know how You feel about children. That we must receive Your Kingdom as children. Unafraid, unashamed, and willing to simply believe. Help us get rid of the lies of the enemy who would tell us to be silent and unwilling before You. Teach us to become undone before You as David did. Lord, bless the children and bring every one of them into Your Kingdom, I pray. In Your Name Jesus. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!