Looking Upward

Sermon Notes
February 8, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Psalm 57
The Prayer Project

Looking Upward

Our sermon series is looking at many different forms of praying that have been established throughout church history. The first three weeks we looked at forms of prayers that caused us to do inward reflection. Today we will shift and look at two prayers that cause us to more upward reflection, Covenant Prayer and Prayer of Adoration.

Foster defines Covenant Prayer as a vow, a covenant to an unswerving allegiance, a promise to holy obedience. He calls it a call to an intoxicated life.

The Prayer of Adoration is defined by Foster as the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God.

The Prayer of Adoration is often described with two sides, thanksgiving and praise.

  • In thanksgiving we give glory for what God has done.
  • But in praise we give glory for Who God is.

Covenant Prayer and Adoration really is the air which prayer breathes. But it is amazing how often we do not take time on a regular basis outside of church to praise and be intoxicated with God.

Prayer Exercise

Go somewhere outside this week three times and read a Psalm and just spend some time praising and thanking God. After this experience, pray a prayer with a sense of renewed commitment to God and your faith.