“Sometimes prayer is spontaneous and takes a variety of physical positions. All of these examples illustrate acceptable ways of prayer. Scripture commands us to proclaim God’s greatness by means of our bodies. Here are a few additional examples of ways God is pleased with our worship.
- Some danced and sang their prayers as Miriam did (Exodus 15:20).
- The Israelites bowed their heads in gratitude and worship (Exodus 12:27).
- Job fell to the ground to petition God (Job 1:20).
- The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud shout (2 Chronicles 20:19).
- “For the choir director: A psalm … Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!” (Psalm 47:1).
- “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Psalm 95:6).
- “Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp” (Psalm 149:3). “So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy” (1 Timothy 2:8).
We see clapping, shouting, kneeling, dancing, playing instruments, standing in awe, raising hands, and lying down. Clearly all these actions are acceptable and appropriate in the worship of God. God is pleased and hears our prayers no matter how we pray. The important thing is that we come to Him in humility with a sincere heart and not in a showy fashion.”
Definition – “Socially, kneeling, similar to bowing, is associated with reverence, respect, submission and obeisance, particularly if one kneels before a person who is standing or sitting: the kneeling position renders a person defenseless and unable to flee.”
“There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” THEN,AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN APPEARED and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”
Luke 22:40-44 (nlt)
Did you get that? When he prayed, an angel appeared!