The Prayer
of Adoration
by Douglas Steere
A curious paradox often occurs in the prayer of adoration. The time when we turn away from our petitions and intercessions, our problems and our desires, and simply sit or kneel in thankfulness in God's presence has a strangely ordering effect upon all that we are and all that we are carrying.

There is a story of a Harvard student who had a personal problem that he seemed utterly incapable of unraveling. A roommate suggested that he take it to the renowned preacher Phillips Brooks, and finally, overcoming his shyness at troubling so great a man with such a relatively insignificant matter, the student got an appointment and spent half and hour with him. When he returned, the roommate wanted to hear how Phillips Brooks had resolved his friend's problem. The problem, as a matter of fact, had never even been mentioned, he reported, but in the course of the visit, the way to resolve it had become clear.

I once talked with the Polish wife of the biographer of Ramana Maharshi, a country Brahmin, whom many in India found to be a veritable window to God. She told me how she used to come down to Southern India from Calcutta, torn with personal problems, and how she would go over and sit in the big living room of the ashram with Ramana Maharshi. She did not talk with him, but simply spent an hour or two quietly in his presence, while others were coming and going. That was enough. She found the knots unraveling, the things that had to be done resolved, the divisions in her healed, and she left in peace.

Adoration is not the resolution of problems, yet it often brings to a thankful and reverential person an unexpected blessing. In the practice of prayer, there should be ample time for adoration.

Taken from Dimensions of Prayer by Douglas V. Steere.
© Copyright 1997 by Dorothy Steere. Published by Upper Room Books, Nashville, Tennessee.
This reprint appeared in the May/June ‘98 issue of Union Life