“The right way to offer a prayer is: bow your head, close your eyes, put your hands together and say your prayer.” This is what some people think that we should do when we pray. Those gestures come to mind when we think about prayer. Every time that someone says, “let us pray,” we automatically bow our heads and close our eyes. Even though there is no right or wrong way to offer our prayers, we must understand that there are many forms that can be used in our prayer time and in public prayer.
4. Prayer can be expressed in many forms (kneel, close eyes, etc.)
In the Bible we find many ways to express a prayer. Here are some of them: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; Psalm 95:6.”; “The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Genesis 18:22.” “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 1Timothy 2:8.”
As you can see prayer can be expressed in many forms. It is important for us to understand how to choose the right form and gesture for our prayer. The first thing that we should learn about forms is that they express our inner attitude. Your heart should dictate how you go to the presence of God, the Creator of the universe. Sometimes we are so humbled that we will prefer to kneel or prostrate ourselves before Him. Sometimes we will be in a place that invites prayer, and we will keep our eyes opened to worship and pray. Let your heart guide you in your prayer time.
The second lesson about gestures during our prayer time is that they should be used wisely. We should not use them to show our holiness or to call attention to us. Jesus condemned this kind of prayer at least twice. One in the sermon of the mountain and the other in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. On both occasions Jesus was clear in saying that those prayers would not be answered. Prayer is a humble exercise.
The third lesson about gestures in our prayer time is that they do not guarantee the favorable answer. Even though the gestures express our heart before God, they do no guarantee that our prayer will cause God to act. Sometimes God will act when we are not expressing any of the traditional gestures, like He did in the pentecost: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2.” The Holy Spirit came when they were sitting, and not when they were standing, kneeling, prostrating themselves, or raising their hands.
Let the Spirit of God and your heart lead you in a prayer gesture that shows your humility before the Lord, and express your heart’s attitude.
No matter how you pray, the important thing is TO PRAY.
Have a blessed week,