From an early age, many of us were taught in church that the proper posture of prayer is to fold your hands, bow your head, and close your eyes. Without question, this can be a good, reverent, focused approach. But looking through scripture, we see a wider array of postures in prayer and praise (i.e. standing, eyes lifted, arms and hands outstretched, kneeling, bowing, laying prostrate before God). With that in mind, I want to invite you to consider ways that you might adjust your place and posture to impact you heart and mind during prayer and worship.
- Plan your place to improve your prayers. God invites us to pray anywhere, anytime. Still, you might find that certain places, certain environments are more conducive. They reduce distractions and get you in the right frame of mind. Experiment with different places to see what locations are most beneficial for times of prayer. See also if a consistent place leads to deeper concentration and more consistent times of prayer.
- Involve your body to quiet your mind during prayer. If you find it difficult to concentrate during prayer, you might try to pray while you go for a walk or jog, work in the yard, cook or clean, drive, knit, sow, or work with your hands. Writing in a prayer journal is one way some find deeper focus and reflection. I'm not suggesting being overly active, but sometimes a little activity actually quiets an overactive mind.
- Involve your body to engage your mind during prayer. Different postures can impact a different state of mind and heart during prayer and praise. It's hard to pray the same way when we lay prostrate as opposed to when we kneel as opposed to when we stand, and all three postures are important. Don't be afraid to experiment with different postures to expand your experience during prayer.