Prayer Challenge Fifty-Four

DEVOTIONAL: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.” Psalm 95:6-7a, ESV.

CHALLENGE: How we pray has meaning. Kendrick gives three chapters to the various questions of how we pray. While communicating with God in prayer does “not depend on certain decibel levels or body positions”, they can help us focus on God the Father. These include lifted hands, lifted eyes and lifted voices (Ps 141:1-2; Luke 9:16).

There are also several forms that demonstrate our humility before the All Powerful, Creator: bowing down (Ps 5:7), “dropping to our knees” (Phil 2:10), laying prostrated (Matt 26:39). As unusual as some of these may seem they have been practiced throughout the ages by the saints.

Remember: whether we pray crying out or in complete silence God still hears us. “God’s clear emphasis is…on the heart.”

Which posture is most comfortable for you? Which one is most uncomfortable;e? Kendrick suggests, and I agree, that we should “think about employing…one that’s somewhat different from your usual method.”

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