Why Posture Matters in Prayer
Scripture tells us in Matthew 6:21 of the NIV, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21, NIV). So does your posture in prayer, whether that be kneeling, sitting, or lifting your hands, matter? Absolutely!
Kneeling, let alone any posture you choose to worship the Lord, matters because it is an attitude and affirmation of the heart. Posture matters in any conversation. Consider what body language communicates to the people around us.
If you were talking to your best friend, but they were scrolling on their phone and half-listening, you wouldn't feel valued, right? God is the same way. When we submit the posture of our hearts to Him, He not only sees the posture of our bodies but what is on the inside.
Two Ways Kneeling in Prayer Is Powerful
Today, it is essential to realize that kneeling in prayer is powerful because it aligns the posture of our hearts, but it also focuses our eyes on Jesus.
When we take a bow, lift our hands, or close our eyes, we are showing respect to the one who deserves it most. As a result, our eyes are focused on Him. We don't need to look at our phones and contact lists for comfort; we need to look to Him!
More than a posture of our heart and a focus on His will, Jesus asks us to give Him the utmost respect, honor, and diligence no matter the physical posture we possess. While raising your heads or bowing down might look spiritual, it means nothing if your heart is far from Him.
If you are physically able, practice this posture today in your prayer time. Find a quiet space and kneel before your Father. Pay attention to what’s goes through your mind, and the posture of your heart. Allow your physical position to be the guide for your heart and mind as you approach the throne of grace.
A Kneeling Prayer
When I come to you in prayer, Lord, let my body reflect a humble position that aligns with my heart. If I am lifting my hands, I pray that my heart is lifted as well. Whether I am sitting, kneeling, standing, jumping up and down, laughing, crying, working, or praying, let every stance show my fear and adoration of you. "For the fear (honor, respect, bowing down) of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm" (Proverbs 19:23, ESV).
We love you, Lord, and long to love you more.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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