How do you pray? I don’t mean the words or tone that you use. But, what is the position or posture of your body? And what does the Bible say about it? You can pray in any position (and you should), The Bible shows us 5 postures for prayer.
2 Samuel 7:18 (NASB)
Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
Mark 11:25 (NASB)
“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
2 Chronicles 6:13 (NASB)
Now Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
Daniel 6:10 (NASB)
Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
Luke 22:41 (NASB)
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
Acts 7:60 (NASB)
Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.
- On your face
Matthew 26:39 (NASB)
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
- Hands raised
1 Timothy 2:8 (NASB)
Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
We have seen that we are to pray without ceasing…that would mean we have to set aside some time to change our posture according to how we are praying. Sitting, on your couch, in your car or office. Standing in the kitchen, in line at the grocery store, or in your work place. These are all positions that can be done as you go about your business each day.
The next 3 postures we do in our prayer closet or living room, and especially in our church. Kneeling, on our face and with our hands raised. There is something about the physical act of these postures that is humbling.
James 4:6-10 (NASB)
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
Think about your posture as you pray, I challenge you to kneel and raise your hands or lay prostrate on your face as you pray. It is very humbling and will change your perspective of who God is. Each of these are meant to be done in front of people or behind closed doors. When you adjust your posture and allow people to see you, it sets an example. Not praying to show off to make people think you are a “spiritual” person, but true humility. God will indeed lift you up as you do this.
So, as you pray. Change your posture as the Holy Spirit leads.
We are 9 days in to our 40 days of prayer.
As we continue to our 40 days of prayer remember these points:
1) Pray that we individually, grow in our relationship with God…
2) Pray for family and friends…
3) Pray for our church…
4) Pray that we can be a Godly influence in our community…
5) Pray for our nation…
I Prayed for you this morning!
Have a great day!