Pause + Pray

Prayer Posture

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When you can’t stand, kneel. When you can’t kneel, lie down. The weight of this world can feel overpowering at times, but God promises that the scope of his presence is all-encompassing and healing. It overcomes the heaviness of this world and makes you feel light and free. The posture we hold in prayer reveals a great deal about what we are praying about.


Most gracious Lord,
You call us to individual missions:
Some are laboring in the field,
others basking in the shade in rest.
Hands open, arms lifted high,
knees bent to the ground—
We praise your name
in the ebb and flow of life.
Give us the wisdom to know your call,
the silence to hear your voice alive in us,
and the discernment and courage to posture ourselves
to continually receive you and your word.


In 1 Kings 19:11-13, Elijah stayed silent and, while paying attention to the earth’s wrath, listened for God’s whisper. In 1 Kings 19:4–9, Elijah was called to rest his fleeting body and frustrated mind by snacking and napping. In 1 Samuel 17:1–11, David was called to stand strong in faith to defeat Goliath. What posture of prayer are you in? What different postures of prayer did Christ take up during his Lent?

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