Prayer Positions for Productive Prayer in His Word 9-12-15

Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our God, our Maker. 
For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture…

Through out the Word of God we find postures in which the people of God pray.
In Genesis 17 Abraham prays visually connecting with God. He falls on his face before God in reverence to Him in the same way one would appear to a king of an earthly kingdom if one had not been invited to stand. It shows God we understand our ‘place’ in His presence when we give Him the respect by lowering our bodies in prayer submission positions.  

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him… Genesis 17:1-2

Genesis 24:52 He bows down before the Lord without looking toward God it shows an act of submission and honor giving.  Again this is a position that we would give an earthly king to show respect and honor and even reverence that shows we know we can be refused. Our God does not refuse a humble heart! We exalt Him when we humble ourselves to Him in prayer.

Think about this for a moment; taking the time and effort to get into a prayer posture shows Him you are giving Him this time of communication. It also helps you to focus on why you are there.

For instance, even when it is not easy if we make the effort to bend our knees in prayer showing submission and obedience as the Word tells in the following scripture that every knee shall bow in both heaven and earth; we will be humbling ourselves before our God and have put ourselves in an ‘attitude of prayer’ as they say. I believe God will honor our hearts desires when we humble our selves in prayer like this, over sometimes when we just toss out the drive by prayers as you get ready to go rush around in life.  I mean I would listen to someone who stopped and sat down with me way more intently than if they talked while they were doing something else. More than that when we kneel to pray it again reminds us why we are there.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Many times in the scriptures we find Jesus just looked up toward the heavens and spoke out his needs and they were fulfilled. So sometimes it is not necessary to bow our heads or bend our knees just to sincerely look towards heaven.

And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, Mark 6: 41

 And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” John 11: 41-42

David and Elijah often were lifting their hands before the heavens in a sign of desperation. Reaching out to God for help also shows a humbleness of heart.
No matter how you pray today and I think it matters how you pray, what matters most is the attitude in your heart as you pray. There have been times in my life that I could not stand, I could know even bow down but my body crumbled before the Lord in a heap on the ground crying out to my God out of desperation, and there have been times when I stood ready for battle in prayer; full suit of armor and sword in hand! (Ephesians 6:10-18)

The most awesome position of prayer would be knees bent in humbleness and hands and head lifted up toward God knowing that we have been given an audience with the King, yet showing Him honor in bending or bowing our knees before Him! 

What God really wants is a gentle and contrite heart humbled and sanctified before Him and a desire to be in His presence when we pray.
So come, let us worship and bow down and let us humble ourselves before the Lord and pray today. Let us humble our hearts and minds and bow them in attitude of honor.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to humble ourselves before you. Thank you for calling to us to lift our heads and look to You for our needs to be met, and our desires to be sought. We lift them up to you and give you honor and glory and thanks. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Suggested Reading: John 11:1-57, Psalm 121:1-8, John 17:1-26