Can our posture intensify our praying?
Can we study the word to see how our postures can help us?
There are 7 different postures we can look at…
1. Bowing: this is a physical expression of honor and allegiance; the act of bowing is associated with worship. Just the bowing of our heads alone communicates that we are addressing the One to whom we’ve pledged our loyalty.
Bowing also sometimes is called dropping to our knees: Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6:13 is given as he knelt down in front of the entire congregation of Israel. Daniel kept kneeling three times a day despite the risk. Philippians 2:10 reminds us that one day, every knee will bow before Christ.
2. Lying prostrate
This could be like Ezra in Nehemiah 8:6 with your face to the ground (prostrate meaning still or not moving while lying down).
Jesus does this in Matthew 26 in the garden before his arrest. Also in Revelation 1:17, John fell at his feet like a dead man when he saw Christ resurrected!
Just like prayer drives us lower to the ground in surrender, it can lift us up from our earthly existence.
3. Lifted hands
I Timothy 2:8 “I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without wrath and dissension.”
You can fall to your knees but also lift your hands.
4. Lifted eyes: this helps us set our sights on heaven
Jesus does this in John 11:41 and Luke 9:16.
5. Silence: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that He is God.” When we are awed and amazed, we are often in silence. Psalm 62:1 about our souls waiting in silence for Him, since He is our salvation.
God can hear our silent prayers. Share story of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1:13.
6. Lifted voices: this is the opposite of silence, from Psalm 141 and Psalm 77.
7. Crying out: Psalm 55:17; this carries the idea of something intense and loud or even shrieking in pain. This is something intense and loud, heavy and heartfelt.
John tells us in Revelation twenty times that the words being spoken in heaven are identified as a loud voice.
There’s a difference between the prayers we do when we’re on our back fighting sleep and the ones we do where we take a specific posture. Posture is not mandatory or specifically prescribed, but can be deliberate.
Lord, take all of me – my hands, my eyes, my feet, my voice. Use all of these gifts you’ve given me so they return to you as clear expressions of my worship, love, devotion and submission. I so easily lose sight of you going through the motions of religion. Lord, turn even my posture of prayer into a means of steadying my wandering mind and opening my ears to YOUR voice.
Thanks for listening!