4 Ways to be Successful in Adoration
Have you ever gone to adoration? Have you tried, but felt defeated, and occasionally still do? Here's a list of 5 ways to be successful in adoration:
1. Be Patient
A lot of times, time seems to stand still. 5 minutes can seem eternal. Adoration can be a bit of a workout... for your soul. Set yourself up for success. If it's been a while, or your first time, 5 minutes of sitting with Jesus is a good goal. Slowly increase your time - you'll be amazed at how God increases your capacity to be with Him!
2. Bring Scripture
Reading scripture is always a good thing, but is especially helpful and meditative during adoration. There are many prayer books and apps that contain daily scripture readings. Read the daily scripture and ask yourself, How is this scripture speaking to my heart? What changes is God asking me to take? How will I go about making those changes? Then, make this part of your prayer.
3. Pray the Rosary
The rosary is a beautiful prayer, one that many saints have prayed. St. Louis de Montfort said, "when the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer." What better way to give Jesus and Mary glory than to pray the rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament?
4. Be Okay with Silence
It's so easy to go a whole day without silence. We get in the car and turn on the music, we talk on the phone, we play games; there's always something. Even if we are in a quiet environment, we are usually accustomed to checking our phones - for a text, the latest Facebook drama, the newest picture on Instagram, the list goes on.
The first few minutes may be restless when you begin adoration. But eventually, you can be filled with insurmountable peace. Allow yourself to sit in silence and just to be with Jesus.
In an apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus spoke these beautiful words: "I have a burning thirst to be honored by men in the Blessed Sacrament." Jesus desires to be with you, to have you gaze upon Him, as He so lovingly gazes upon you.
Adapted from Life Teen: A Beginners Guide to Adoration