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Posture of Prayer

What is your posture in prayer?

1 Thess 5:17; Luke 11:1-13; Phil 4:6 & Eph 6:18

But let me encourage you, all our prayers are heard by God.

Elaine Batson shared this interesting story of the “Posture of Prayer” with me a few weeks ago.

“The proper way for a man to pray”,

said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,

“And the only proper attitude

is down upon his knees.”

“No, I should say the way to pray,”

said Reverend Doctor Wise,

“Is standing straight with outstretched arms

And rapt and upturned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no,” said Elder Slow,

“Such posture is too proud

A man should pray with eyes fast-closed

And head contritely bowed.”

“It seems to me his hands should be

Austerely clasped in front

With both thumbs pointing toward the ground.”

said Reverend Doctor Blunt.

“Last year I fell in Hidgekin’s well headfirst,”

said Cyrus Brown.

“With both my heels a stickin’ up

And my head a-pointin’ down.

And I made a prayer right then and there,

The best prayer I ever said,

The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,

A standin’ on my head.”

The Prayer of Cyrus Brown by Sam Walter Foss

Maybe you think there is a proper way to pray in terms of posture, (not advocating standing on our heads), language, style, or level of spiritual maturity. Maybe you think that some prayers and some people are heard by God more than others. But let me encourage you, all our prayers are heard by God. But our posture of prayer, our attitude, our motivation, are important. God invites us to come as his children. And as his child, to come with a deep posture of love. Jesus, when asked to teach his disciple how to prayer, started with “Our Father”, (Luke 11:2 & Matt 6:9). A deep, relational, eternal, and loving identity as his child. So, my posture of prayer is one that is secure, seeking to honour and please the Father who loves me and sent his Son for me. And as a loving Father, he listens, responds in ways that are good and fulfill his purposes.

Pastor Stephen

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