Your chiropractor will tell you that posture matters. As a 6’5” guy, I know that firsthand. It’s easy to slouch. I’ve found that posture can influence your spinal health as well as your spiritual health.
There are lots of prayer postures mentioned in the Bible…
Standing (Genesis 24:12-14)
Lifting the hands (1 Timothy 2:8)
Sitting (Judges 20:26)
Looking upward (John 17:1)
Bowing down (Exodus 34:8)
Placing the head between the knees (1 Kings 18:42)
Pounding on the chest (Luke 18:13)
Facing the temple (Daniel 6:10)
Kneeling (Mark 1:40)
If we are going to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), keeping a running dialog with God throughout the day, it will require a lot of different postures for prayer. You obviously can’t stay in the same position all day.
Although you can (and should) pray to God wherever you are and however you are, I want to focus in on that last one I listed – kneeling. In Mark 1:40, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus, begging for healing while on his knees.
I typically sit in one of a few places every morning to spend some time in prayer. I often sit upright, cup of coffee in hand. But I also try to regularly turn around and kneel to pray. I find that something happens to my heart when my knees are on the ground. Not only does kneeling keep my mind more focused, but it’s also a very practical way to keep my heart humble. Kneeling is a physical reminder of my dependence on and need for God.
Ultimately, posture isn’t the main thing – prayer is. However and whenever you pray, do it in a way that keeps your mind focused and your heart humble.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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