Week 1 Focus - Adoration
Say this prayer each day this week:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Amen.
Instructions: Having dinner with another couple? Running with a friend? Meeting someone for coffee? Throw these questions out there to think and talk a little bit about this week's focus.
Adoration – this is our opportunity to tell God how great he is and the variety of ways we’ve experienced this greatness.
We can offer names to God: Father, Creator, Healer, etc. We can also list attributes: loving, kind, providing, etc.
This is simply an opportunity to acknowledge and become even more aware of God’s goodness.
- What are you most likely to notice, appreciate, and compliment about someone?
- What are attributes you often overlook and remain unphased by?
- What are the characteristics of God you’re most familiar with? In other words, when you think of God, what do you think about?
- Do you remember any prayers you learned as a kid?
Instructions: Have a small group or Sunday morning class? Or just want to discuss this more at length with a friend? Take some time to look over these additional resources and deeper questions.
The Sermon on the Mount, found in part in both Matthew and Luke, is arguably Jesus’ most famous sermon. In it, Jesus gives instructions on a variety of topics: anger, marriage, giving, and worry, to name a few.
Then, even more well-known than the sermon itself, comes Jesus’ teaching on prayer – how to and how not to pray. Jesus teaches those listening not to pray to receive attention or recognition, or to use “empty words,” but rather to pray simply, with only God in mind.
Even more than a formula, he gives a script: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.” The powerful first line immediately sets up: we can think of God as a close, personal relationship, like a father; and God’s name is holy and worthy of praise.
Hallowed literally means holy. Jesus invites us to recognize God’s holiness and majesty and to live our lives in ways that bring glory to our divine Father.
God is calling Isaiah to become his prophet to Israel. Angels who accompany God proclaim his greatness.
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” ~ Isaiah 6:1-3
- Everyone likes accolades, but God doesn’t need them, right? What is the point of offering praise and adoration to God?
- How does it affect us when we acknowledge God’s greatness?
- How does it affect our prayers when we begin with acknowledging God’s greatness?
- Looking at the Scripture above, how might it have affected Isaiah that the angels were singing God’s praises? What does that mean for the way you speak of God in front of others?