Different Ways to Pray (3)
Find a prayer style that works for you.
In Scripture people pray as they stand, kneel, lie on the ground, sit, stretch out their hands, lift their faces toward the sky, or bow them toward the earth. Just find the method that works best for you, and use it.
Some people pray better when they are moving. If you’re one of them, take a walk, go for a drive, or run. You are free to use your body and posture to help you turn your mind and heart towards God. When you’re acknowledging your sins, you may find it helpful to have your head bowed and to kneel; it’ll help you to remember and experience the humility of the moment.
In worship, you may want to turn your face towards the sky. In asking for guidance, you may find it helpful to turn your palms upwards as a way of expressing with your body: ‘Lord, whatever You want.’ When praying for someone, say at a restaurant, you may want to look that person right in the eye while talking to God and say, ‘Father, I’m so grateful for this person. You know what they need. Give them what is required by their heart.’
When you’re praising God, put on a worship CD and sing along. The point is you should approach God with the joy, excitement, and simplicity with which a child runs into the arms of a loving parent. Just as you don’t have anyone else’s fingerprints, you don’t have anyone else’s temperament. So just approach God in a way that’s natural, spontaneous, and comfortable for you.
‘I lay prostrate before the Lord…’ Deuteronomy 9:25 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Mark 9:23, 29; 22-24; 14:38-39
If you can! All things are possible for one who believes! This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer! Have faith in God! Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “be taken up & thrown into the sea,” & does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him! Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, & it will be yours! Watch & pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away & prayed, saying the same words!
Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have! Jesus used prayer to accomplish the Father’s work! We must not sleep but watch & pray! This is your hour, do not sleep! Seek Him today! Never delay!