It is so sweet (and luxurious) to spend time in prayer each morning at Bridgehaven as we offer God the first fruits of our day. Last week I snapped this picture and thought how delighted our Heavenly Father must be when we gather together with open (sometimes digital) Bibles and absorb His Word, spoken out loud… daughters sitting at the feet of the throne!
The posture of prayer is so obvious during this time: some are lined up together on a couch with crossed legs (unintendedly) all going the same direction; another is wrapped in an armchair with shoes off and toes tucked under; and occasionally one is propped against a pillow, Bible perched on a lap. But all have an ear to heaven and a heart open to encouragement, revelation, and insight. A posture of prayer.
My husband is 6’ 5” tall and I have always admired that, in spite of his height and the fact that he has to be so conscious of low hanging fans and be ready to duck through door jambs, he stands so straight and tall. It would be so easy for him to develop hunched shoulders and a forward stoop. I don’t have those problems but I have to work really hard to keep from slouching, catching myself at my desk or in front of a class and throwing my shoulders up and back to correct it.
Good posture has so many health benefits, and so does good prayer posture:
- Good posture keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly. Through posture of prayer, God continually realigns and transforms our lives so that our heart, head, and hands remain focused on the purpose and mission that God has given to us.
“…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:21
- Good posture helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces. Through the posture of prayer, we can gain discernment and wisdom to avoid the enemy’s snares to wear us down.
“… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
- Good posture decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together. Through the posture of prayer, we decrease the stress on the day-to-day rub, strengthening our walk and our ability to hold it together!
“They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” Colossians 2:19
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
- Good posture prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions. Through the posture of prayer, we can better stay on the straight and narrow, avoiding and asking for God’s intervention in every part of our lives that might injure our soul.
“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:15
I love that God looks at the posture of our hearts and not necessarily the bend in our knee, the structure of our words, the placement of our hands, or our closed/unclosed eyes.
I love that we can seek His peace, guidance, strength, insight, encouragement, approval, and comfort anytime, anywhere.
I love that we have only to utter “LORD” and He already knows.
I love that the Holy Spirit can interpret our needs and petition in our stead.
I love that even when I cannot put syllables together to pray out loud, He can seamlessly place my need on the open heart of another in the circle who will intercede on my behalf.
Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path. Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11
Sit up straight, ya’ll!