"Physical posture is an important part of prayer. It’s like a prayer within a prayer. Posture is to prayer as tone is to communication. If words are what you say, then posture is how you say it. There is a reason that Scripture prescribes a wide variety of postures such as kneeling, falling prostrate on one’s face, the laying on of hands and anointing someone’s head with oil. Physical postures help posture our hearts and minds." -Mark Batterson, "The Circle Maker"
A marriage counselor once told me a story of a husband and wife who decided they were getting divorced. Neither of them loved one another, so they were calling it quits. The counselor conceded under one term: that they would look like they were in love for one month. Romantic dates, random gifts, and flower deliveries were all a part of the deal. They couple agreed (if only to hurt the other person more in the divorce).
Several months went by and the counselor didn't hear back from the couple getting a divorce. He followed up with them only to find out they forgot about their differences, their desire to get a divorce, and they were more in love than ever before.
Worship, like love, is a condition of the heart. But much like the husband and wife who wanted to get divorced, they needed some outward expressions to stir-up the condition of their heart.
We have begun a mini-series on various Prayer Postures during our Sunday morning worship services at The Sacred Church (these will usually be 1-3 minute descriptions). Many of these postures are rooted in liturgical traditions (some Quaker, some Orthodox, some Catholic), and all are found in scripture. Think of it as a progressive dinner of worship.
Pastor Evie gives the introduction, and the first posture, here: