EMBODIED :: Postures of Prayer & Praise


Postures of Prayer & Praise are
“outer representations of an inner reality”


In Luke 10, when the lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, he asked him how to inherit eternal life. Like a learned rabbi, Jesus turned the question back to the lawyer, who answered:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus confirmed his answer as true, with a command and a promise: “Do this and you will live.”

When I teach on embodied prayer and worshiping with your whole self (including the often-excluded body), I am often asked where to begin. “EMBODIED” — a 7 week long exploration of postures of prayer and praise through the Lenten season — is designed as a starting (or restarting point) for those wanting to engage their bodies in prayer and worship.

  • Perhaps you have never used your body to pray or worship?
  • Or perhaps you’ve danced like David before the Lord and are looking for a new way to explore the movement of worship that flows freely from your sinew and bones?
  • Or perhaps you’re looking for an embodied way to spend an intentional week of prayer and worship before the Lord?

Whatever your reason, I’m glad you’re here.

Starting Friday, February 16th (and running through Good Friday), I will post a posture of prayer each Friday through the Lenten season with Biblical basis and ideas for exploration as you put it into practice. You can follow along by visiting http://www.jodythomae.com every Friday, signing up to receive my emails (<– look left or on tablet/phone look for + sign in upper left), or following along on Instagram or Facebook. They will be posted here (as they become available). Stay connected by using the following hashtags: #embodied  #posturesofprayerpraise #GodsCreativeGift

EMBODIED WEEK 1 :: Hands Raised
EMBODIED WEEK 2 :: Palms Down
EMBODIED WEEK 4 :: Hands Together
EMBODIED WEEK 5 :: Hands to Heart
EMBODIED WEEK 6 :: Hands Flat (Prostrate)
EMBODIED WEEK 7 :: Hands Clapping

You can do this journey anytime…

…when you want to set a season aside to embody your prayers and worship

…when you feel fragmented and want to bring your whole self back together again

…when you want to come before Jesus in a new and embodied way.

Won’t you join us on this journey?

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Also as we journey together, feel free to share your experience by commenting here or Facebook or Instagram. I welcome your thoughts and observations.

Welcome to the embodied life! Eternal life!

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody


(C) 2018 Jody Thomae

God's Creative Gift by Jody ThomaeJody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, choreographs, preaches, leads worship, teaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. JodyThomaeCDcoverart_FA_printShe has also released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.


11 thoughts on “EMBODIED :: Postures of Prayer & Praise

    • Glad you’re joining us Diane! I’ll also be posting on scripture reflections on Mondays and the formerly featured “7” Virtual Art Walk series on Wednesday — All to take us mindfully through the Lenten season.

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