Saturday, May 3, 2008

Hands and Knees

We have freedom and liberty when we pray. As movement ministers, we can honor the Lord in our prayer lives in ways that we had never imagined. The Word gives us liberty to pray as He directs. Some of us have made a devout practice of the traditional way that we learned to pray. Kneeling is considered customary by some people as a mandatory prayer posture. When praying in groups, many people form a circle and hold hands as a way to "touch and agree."

The Lord does not want us to follow the traditions of men. If we only do what we have always done, we can enact rituals that are no longer spiritual. God wants us to be led by His Spirit. When we seek prayer references in the Bible, we find that prayer was described in several different ways, many of which incorporated movement. Let us shake off the things that "bind" us and loose a fresh wave of prayer that avails much!

Instead of standing in a circle before and after rehearsals with our hands locked together, we can incorporate prayer movement as outlined in the Word of the Lord. We are not limited to music and preaching to convey the things of the Spirit. The dancer can also be used for intercessory prayer in motion. Let us not be fearful when the Holy Spirit unctions us to render our petitions in unconventional ways. When we are able to discern His leading, then we can move according to His direction.

Psalm 141:2 (NKJV)
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Isaiah 38:2 (NKJV)
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD,

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Acts 20:36 (NKJV)
And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV)
[Men and Women in the Church] I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

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