Physical Prayers

One thing I believe God has taught me about lately is the connection between the soul and the body, especially in prayer and worship. I read about it in The Screwtape Letters and my dancer devotional, and I have heard at least one or two speakers talk about it recently. Maybe God was trying to get a point across. πŸ™‚

Our souls and bodies are connected while we live on Earth, so our bodies can affect our prayers and worship. When we have the opportunity, I believe it is important to be in a physical position that matches what we are praying.

It is definitely okay to pray behind the wheel without closing your eyes, or just hold a conversation with God as you fall asleep. But when you can, match your body language to your prayer. Bow your head, lift your hands, close your eyes, gaze at the sky, laugh, shed tears, sing, dance… You can do whatever would help demonstrate to God what you are saying. God is to be revered, and I think using the bodies he has given us is a great way to show sincerity, respect, and adoration.

I understand if you aren’t an outwardly expressive person. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that you must dance for God like David did. But you can do something as simple as kneeling and bowing your head to thank God for everything he has done, because he has done a lot, and he is undoubtedly worthy of our wholehearted praise.

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. – 2 Samuel 6:14

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, – Ephesians 3:14

And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. – 2 Chronicles 29:28

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. – Psalm 95:6

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 150:6, KJV

How do you physically pray?

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  1. How I pray depends to a degree on what I feel I need. Through the week, I am normally first to arrive at the parish, and having an empty church for a few minutes is of course a great opportunity to kneel and have a chat.

    But if I’m tired, or have something preying on my mind, I am just as likely to get outdoors somewhere– to a park, a walking trail, somewhere that I can be alone with nature and its Maker. I love to stroll around and feel the breeze on my face, or just close my eyes and stand still, and regroup, with His help. — Mike

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    1. That’s great. I love that idea, Mike!

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  2. I love this! I find myself most prayerful when, from my bedroom, I sit at our desk and look across the fields and trees. I try to block out all outside noise and contemplate God’s character, praying and worshiping at the same time.

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    1. How beautiful! I love that.

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  3. vicklea says:

    I pray with my eyes closed and my hands lifted towards the Father.

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  4. I just finished the Screwtape Letters a few weeks ago! πŸ™‚

    I love this. I’m not usually expressive when people are around, but I am more when I’m alone. πŸ™‚ I’m working on a poem inspired by Psalm 95, and I overlooked the fact it talks about physical position while praying. So cool! πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s great! I’m definitely more expressive when I’m alone, too.

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      1. πŸ˜€ I’m actually writing fanfic now for Screwtape, haha. It was so good but I thought there could be more to write with a modern touch. πŸ™‚

        πŸ˜€ ❀

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      2. Awesome! Is it fun, or difficult writing?

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      3. It’s both! πŸ™‚ It’s fun, but it’s also a bit challenging. I usually write one letter very quickly (in a day). Editing is the tedious part. I don’t write letters every day, and I don’t have a specific plan for what they will all contian either. I have eight so far, and only the first three seem to be in order. πŸ™‚ I’m calling it The Wormwood Letters. He’s writing to his niece, Spiderwort. XD

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      4. That’s so cool. Love the idea!

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      5. Thanks! πŸ™‚ ❀ When I get more of it written, would you like to be a test reader for it? πŸ˜€

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      6. I’ve got a lot on my plate, but you just let me know when you’re ready, and I’ll decide then. πŸ™‚

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      7. Sounds good! πŸ™‚ I have a lot on my plate too (NaNoWriMo, 50K word novel in a month) so it may be a while before get back to the letters, haha.

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  5. T. R. Noble says:

    This is something I’ve been thinking of recently!! ❀ Love how you explained this and showed examples!

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    1. Thanks! I’m happy it spoke to you!

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