Postures of Prayer & Praise are
“outer representations of an inner reality”
Exploring: Hands Together – Prayer
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
When we are anxious, our hands are wringing, but notice the attitudes of thankfulness and watchfulness that are to accompany our prayers. It’s not about what He can give us, but acknowledging and being thankful for what He has already given us and being watchful to see how He will answer our prayers, sometimes in ways we don’t expect.
Putting It Into Practice
Palms together or folded/clasped together is a posture we typically think of when we think of a posture of prayer. This posture has been used by many religions as a posture of prayer, and there are some that even postulate that Jesus learned this prayer posture from Buddhist monks during his time as a young child in Egypt.
This posture can be done standing, sitting or kneeling. With palms together, thumbs can come to your heart or your forehead. As you can see in this photo, my friend Amy is both kneeling and has prayer hands at her forehead.
In a more “active” variation, I sometimes like to start with my hands out wide, palms facing one another. Then as I slowly bring my palms together, I think about all the scattered and fragmented places of my life being drawn to center. I like to call this action “pulling to center,” and I will pair it with my breath to bring myself to a place of calmness and peace.
If you’d like, you can use this action today to bring yourself to a place of peace as you follow along with my friend Mary Jones in her CaraMayan embodied version of The Lord’s Prayer. Once your hands are at heart center, remember to lift up an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving.
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.