Category Archives: Kneeling and Prayer

A History of Prayer Posture

  Through both Old and New Testament times, standing for prayer seemed to be the norm for public prayer.  Such positions as sitting and kneeling were almost never practiced in public prayer, but were more often practiced in private prayers. … Continue reading

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Six Prayer Positions: #6 Lying down

Lying down.  Lying is the position of rest and of peace.  This position of prayer is symbolic of our rest and security in the Lord.  In Psalms 4:8 David wrote, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for … Continue reading

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Six Prayer Positions — # 5 bowing and falling on the face

Bowing and falling on the face.  From kneeling, to bowing, and then to falling on the face seems to be a three phase response and progression of our penitence and worship.  The act of kneeling may be a premeditated and … Continue reading

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Six Prayer Positions — #4 Kneeling

In my study on kneeling in prayer I have discovered that kneeling signifies at least three things: 1. It is recognition that God is greater than I am; that He is my creator and my Lord.  It is seeing my … Continue reading

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6 Prayer Positions — #3 Standing

Standing.  In my research several authors have stated that in the Old and New Testament time period standing was the most common position of prayer.  I think this was true especially among the Jews, because when they prayed they most … Continue reading

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6 Prayer Positions — #2 Walking

Walking.  Walking symbolizes doing, going or living.  If sitting symbolizes resting in the Lord, then walking is symbolic of a practical outworking of that position in Christ.  In our prayers, we are not only to just pray and wait on … Continue reading

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Six Prayer Positions — #1 Sitting

 C. S. Lewis in his Screwtape Letters suggests that our bodily posture makes a big difference in our prayers, that we are animal creatures and whatever our body does, affects our souls.             According to Markus Bockmuehl: The argument here, … Continue reading

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