Are you bored in prayer? Do you fall asleep often or drift easily? We tend to pray in the wee hours of the morning or late at night when sleep can get the best of us. Today I wanted to share about 5 postures of prayer to shake us out of the rut we can fall into when we pray.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but ones I identified with personally. Each position tends to emphasize a different heart. As you find yourself in different mindsets, let your body language follow. Or if you want to have a certain mindset, start with a position and let that influence your thoughts.
This is not woo-woo stuff. Our bodies and souls are connected. They do not operate independently from one another. From Proverbs 4:23 we are instructed to “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Our heart affects our actions and our actions affect our heart.
I loved what C.S. Lewis said in Screwtape Letters. It’s an experienced demon talking to his nephew who’s job is to basically trip up a human and keep him from God. He says “At the very least, they can be persuaded that the bodily position makes no difference to their prayers; for they constantly forget, what you must always remember, that they are animals and that whatever their bodies do affect their souls.”
Isn’t it true that frowning or scowling can affect our heart or putting on a smile or laughing can change our mood?
So with that, let’s add a little life back into our prayers. I have 5 postures, a word or two of the posture of our hearts that it emphasizes and description along with a verse or two to see how that posture was demonstrated in the Bible.
HANDS UP – WORSHIPFUL
When we raise our hands up, we are lifting them to heaven. We do this in song as well as prayer and it can be an incredible way to pray prayers of Adoration (seen in the ACTS method) to lift up hands to the Lord. I often do this in the car when I am praying and driving.
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2