Have you noticed how many different body positions during prayer are mentioned in the Bible?
- Jehoshaphat stood as he prayed (2 Chron. 20:15). In this same context it says that he bowed his head and face to the ground and worshiped (assuming prayer as part of worship).
- David and Nehemiah sat while they prayed (Neh. 1:4-11; 1 Chron. 17:16).
- Ezra fell on his knees and stretched out his hands to God (Ezra 9:5).
- Hannah prayed silently while her lips moved (1 Sam. 1:13).
- Jesus “fell on his face and prayed” (Matt. 26:39)
Does our body position really affect his prayer?
Our body position displays an act of reverence of total surrender as we pray. I believe that God is more interested about what is in our hearts when we pray, rather than what our bodily position is. However, I also believe that our body position also send a message to God. I like to pray prostate like David, Jehoshaphat and Yeshua when I really need to hear from God. When I am praying in spiritual warfare, I walk and pray. There was a season in my prayer life; when God had me to stand before Him when I prayed. Therefore, I do believe that body position is very important when we pray. Notice how important it was for the Biblical authors to note the body position in prayer:
- Eyes and head raised upwards to God. “I lift my eyes to you, O God enthroned in heaven.” (Psalm 123:1)
- Humble kneeling. “Come let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is God.”( Psalm 95 :6)
- Eyes closed, concentrating on God. “Keeping our eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12: 2)
- Hands and head raised to heaven. “Lifting up my hands to you in prayer.” (Psalm 63:4)
- Head bowed in respect to God. “Come let us worship and bow down.”(Psalm 95:6)
- Prostrate – lying flat on the ground in humility. “I lay prostrate before the Lord.”(Deuteronomy 9:18)
Question: What is your favorite body position for prayer? Does it change for the type of prayer you are praying?