“Prayer Position”

This Weeks Meditation: “Prayer Position”
Read: Luke 18:9-14

What is the correct posture or position for us to pray? Perhaps you have heard about the three pastors who were discussing this question while a telephone repairperson worked nearby. “Kneeling is definitely the best,” claimed one. “No,” another contended. “I concentrate better while standing with my hands outstretched to heaven.”

“You’re both wrong,” the third pastor insisted. “The most effective prayer position is lying humbly, facedown on the floor.” The repairperson could contain himself no longer. “Hey, fellas,” he interuppted. “The best prayin’ I ever did was hangin upside down from a telephone pole.”

Truthfully there is no correct posture or position for us to pray. In fact you can be working very hard at your job and still be in a spirit of prayer and communication with God. You can be driving (with eyes open) and be praying to the Lord. You can also be in the most safe or challenging situation in your life and your prayers of petition and thanksgiving will be heard.

When Jesus told this parable in Luke 18 he was reminding the disciples (us), and others that their attitude of prayer was more important than the position in which they prayed. The Tax Collector in this parable prayed that God would forgive him of his sins while the Pharisee (the religious person) was more worried about making sure that people saw and heard his prayers.

In verse 14 Jesus says, “I tell you that this man (the Tax Collector), rather than the other (the Pharisee), went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Praying to God is a vital part of our Christian life. I hope you pray in many different ways and often, but I hope that it is to communicate with God and not just another task to check off your to do list. God hears the prayers of his people and God loves it when we turn to him for help, for worship, for thanksgiving, for confession, and for anything else in life.

Make it personal: Think about your attitude when you pray. Are most of your prayers filled with petitions to God or some other request? Do you take the time to include thanksgiving, worship, and adoration in your prayers? Don’t worry necessarily about what position your in, just focus on what attitude you have and God will be there with you.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church