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Adore Jesus- this is the best way to start and end our day. And as we spend time adoring God, we receive strength to continue our daily life, no matter how hard it is. I say— NO MATTER HOW HARD LIFE IS FOR US RIGHT NOW!
Henri Nouwen in one of his books tells a story of how he had the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa of Calcutta. And at that time, he was struggling with many things. Therefore, he decided to take the chance and meet this amazing woman of God and ask her a few things.
And before I continue, allow me to share with you a small piece of wisdom. Whenever you meet someone that is more advanced than you in a specific area of life, the best thing you can do is asking questions. You want to make sure you draw out of the other person as much as you can at that particular time. The most prominent mistake people do when they meet such a person is that they start complaining. And they talk about themselves and pour out all their life problems before that person. Nevertheless, at the end of their time, they will feel better, but they will continue their life in the same way. And they did not learn anything from the other person. Therefore, make sure you learn from the other people who are further away in their walk with God than you!
Going back to our story. After Henri Nouwen arrived at Mother Teresa’s place and as soon as he sat down, he did begin telling her all his problems. And he tried to describe to her all of his issues and how complicated life was. After quite a few minutes of talking, he did stop, and Mother Teresa gave him this answer:
Well, when you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything which you know is wrong…you will be fine!
I do believe we need a heavenly answer for our earthly problems. And this answer will come as we spend time in His Presence, at His feet, as we adore our God.
In His Presence is where real healing will take place for our heart that is invaded by negative thoughts that come from the pit of hell.
How can one adore God? Let us look at three ways we can do that:
#1. We can adore God by just being still in His Presence
Psalm 37:7 says
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him (NIV).
The New King James version even says rest in the Lord.
I know it is not easy to do that, especially as we live hectic lives. However, this should be a daily discipline in the life of a believer. To spend time looking up to Jesus and not at us and our problems and shortcomings. Yes, this is not easy. However, the more we practice this, the easier it becomes over time.
I try every day to spend time being still before the Lord. And this is a time where I say nothing. And usually, I try to do this early in the morning, first thing when I wake up. Moreover, this is even before I read my Bible or pray. I ask for the help of the Holy Spirit and then focus my mind and heart on Jesus. And on the gospel, the cross, and His second coming. Moreover, I also like to think about Psalm 23 and at Jesus being my Shepherd.
#2. We can adore God by worshiping Him
After a while, we can move on to worship Jesus and praise and magnify Him. And nothing else will make me sense His Presence faster than giving Him thanks and praising Jesus. Moreover, while doing this, our hearts and minds will be captivated and fascinated by Him.
I have learned to say, Jesus, I give you my full attention. My whole mind, heart and all that I am. And here, I still do not ask for anything. Not even for wisdom, power, anointing, etc. I just give myself to Him. And while I am doing this, Psalm 34:5 becomes a reality to me.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame (NIV).
And you know why our faces are not radiant? Because we do not look at God, where we should. We look in the wrong place. And only God can make our faces radiant with His Presence.
#3. We can adore God in prayer
And then, after we now are filled with faith and joy, we start praying. And, as the Lord is leading us, we can pray the Bible. Very often I pray Psalm 121 or 91, 23, 40. Or I pray other scriptures that God is leading me to. And prayer will be so different after a time of adoring God.
Any serious student of the Bible will tell you that one’s prayer needs to start with adoration because that is what Jesus is teaching us. We can find this in Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…
Matthew Henry, one of the most popular Bible commentators of all time is saying that our prayers need to follow The Lord’s Prayer. And that means it should start with adoration. To focus on Him and bless His Name.
I am sure all of us can discover how powerful adoring Jesus can be. It may just be the thing we missed in our life to overcome the barriers that came across our paths.
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