Postures of Prayer & Praise are
“outer representations of an inner reality”
Exploring: Hands Extended, Palms Down – Blessing
Leviticus 9:22-23 – Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down. Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.
As God gives to us, we give to others—we extend our hands to give to and to bless others. As Moses and Aaron blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared—as we bless others, we reveal the glory of God through the generosity of our actions. We are the hands and feet of Christ.
Luke 24: 50-53 – When Jesus had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
As the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven, where he was seated at the right hand of the Father to rule and reign over heaven and earth, he extended hands of blessings to his followers to bless them. This blessing brought them great joy—joy that kept them continually in the presence of God.
Putting It Into Practice
This posture can be done standing or seated. As you experiment with today’s posture, imagine someone you love or someone you have been interceding for in front of you. Extend your hand, as if they are right there with you and you can place your hand on their head. Offer a blessing over their lives. Pray for them. Praise God for them and all they mean to you.
Then as you go about your day, reach out your hands to bless others in practical ways. Carry groceries for someone or, better yet, pay for their groceries. Volunteer to serve a meal, paint a house, rake a yard. Make a new mother or an elderly shut-in a home-cooked meal. There are many ways you can use your hands to reach out and bless another person. Let’s DO SOMETHING!!!
EMBODIED :: Postures of Prayer & Praise
In this “Embodied” series, we are exploring postures of prayer and praise, in order to live a more fully embodied life. During the Lenten season, I will post a weekly posture of prayer and praise with Biblical basis and ideas for exploration. You can find the full explanation here, as well as links to all postures below (as they become available). You can follow along by visiting http://www.jodythomae.com every Friday, signing up to receive my emails (<– look left or for plus + sign), or follow along on Instagram or Facebook. Stay connected by using the following hashtags: #embodied #posturesofprayerpraise #GodsCreativeGift
EMBODIED WEEK 1 :: Hands Raised
EMBODIED WEEK 2 :: Palms Down
EMBODIED WEEK 3 :: Palms Up
EMBODIED WEEK 4 :: Hands Together
EMBODIED WEEK 5 :: Hands to Heart
EMBODIED WEEK 6 :: Hands Flat (Prostrate)
EMBODIED WEEK 7 :: Hands Clapping
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.
Thank you for joining the journey!
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
(C) 2018 Jody Thomae
Jody 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. She 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.