POSTURE AND ATTITUDE IN PRAYER
Show us what God said: “Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me…thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place…” 1Kings 22:19 – 20
Your prayer posture should always reflect two things: reverence and hunger. As a minister in God’s vineyard, prayer is the first discipline that you must become adept and efficient at, therefore your posture matters to God. There are several aspects to prayer. Firstly, you want to be sure that what you are saying is in line with the word of God, that you aren’t praying amiss. Praying the scriptures, not emotional prayers. Then there is the attitude or the posture in prayer.
The first thing that heaven reckons with is your posture before your content and it is very important for you to know this because if your prayer takes a hold of your soul, it will reflect in your body.
Many times, when you are in worship and fellowship with the Lord, what it reflects is reverence and when you are not in worship but making supplications and intercessions from deep within your heart, then you are reflecting hunger. You can tell how hungry a person is by the way they pray and how they respond to God. This matters to God.
In 2nd Kings 22, we see from the eleventh verse to the twentieth verse, how God excused the King of Judah at the time from seeing evil just because he rent his clothes to show how repentant he was towards God, on behalf of himself and his people;
verses 19 – 20 show us what God said: “Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me…thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place…”
The household of the king was saved because he responded in God’s presence and God saw it.
Hebrews 5:7 also lets us know how Jesus showed seriousness in prayer, “Who in the days of his flesh, offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared”; ‘feared’ here meaning reverence.
Ask yourself, when you last cried in prayer? He had reverence before God and wailed like a child before Him. Does it matter to God if you are singing in church like it is a nursery rhyme? Emphatically yes! Don’t be uncultured and unmannered in the presence of God. The lack of reverence is why we’ve had less of the manifestation of the Spirit of God in this generation. A people who reverence God will see the move of the Spirit.
So when you hear in church “Lift up your hands towards heaven”, you do so like a soldier immediately, because God and all of heaven are checking what your posture and attitude is in prayer and worship and you can be certain that all of heaven is paying attention to you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I bow my knees and acknowledge your Majesty. My heart is filled with reverence and my petitions are fueled by my hunger for you. In Honor and Holy fear, I give myself to the service of thy Kingdom. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37