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Physical Position During Prayer

In formal prayer, do you kneel, stand, sit, lie on your face, etc.? Why do you choose this position? Understanding most of us pray throughout the day during our various activities, I'm specifically referring to designated prayer times. I kneel as Jesus did in Luke 22:41.

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I pray sitting down, kneeling, standing up, walking around and laying prostate on the floor. The most intimate times I feel with the Lord are when I am down low on the ground. Maybe this is because kneeling or laying on the floor is a sign of submission and humility towards him. When I was pregnant I couldn't do this so I just sat.
---MichelleS on 10/7/07

Hi, the people I go to church with understand that I will usually look at their mouth when they're praying aloud, since I am quite deaf. Obviously, I'm praying along in my heart (hopefully) but it sure helps to read lips. :)
---Mary on 10/6/07

I used to kneel, but my knees are very bad and kneeling damages my knees now.
I sit with my head turned toward heaven and my hands up. I chose this position because it seems most natural.
---Madison1101 on 10/6/07

I pray everywhere, in the kitchen, driving, etc. But I do feel closer to God and feel his presence more when I pray bowed down.
---Debi on 10/19/06

True prayer is not religion; it is done in Spirit and truth!
---Okebaram on 10/18/06

I bow my heart. When I pray in the Holy Spirit by yielding to his holiness we connect and communicate.
---Eloy on 10/18/06

Carol Lee Taylor, while many of us have personal preferences, it is not a MUST that you be positioned on your knees while praying. Pray in whatever position is best for you.
---AlwaysOn on 10/17/06

I cannot kneel either because my knees have had it. So, I pray sitting down. The position does not matter unless the Holy Spirit leads a person to maybe lie on their face before the Lord. It is the words that are important and the fellowshipping with the Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 10/17/06

I had my knee replaced. I can not kneel. What should I do?
---Carol_Lee_Taylor on 10/16/06

The key to David laying flat on the floor for three days is the words "three days" and what had just happened right before that. I am sure there is some witness to the work of Christ in the heart of the earth there. Would you mind giving the Scripture reference for that please? I would kind of like to take a look at it.
---Linda6563 on 9/15/06

If the position isn't important, how come King David laid flat on the floor for 3 days? God already knows the condition of that person's heart, but the flesh has to bow too. We bow our flesh before God to humble ourselves, in submission to a Holy God. Amen?
---Donna9759 on 9/15/06

I have seen over 500 people pray since Saturday. All this out in the open on the fairgrounds. Some people bow their heads and closed their eyes. Others look you straight in face, and still others simply close their eyes. A Pastor bowed his head and with eyes closed begin to cry as he prayed. When ask what he thought about what we were doing he said, I have never seen anything like this, yet I can see that it is Scriptural. Asked to help us he stated, I simply do not have the courage to do this.
---mima on 9/15/06

The condition of your heart matters more than your physical position.
---sam on 9/14/06

I agree with Linda about the heart being bowed first
---Christina on 9/14/06

I attended C. of E. school/church and we were taught to kneel to pray. We were told this position showed humility. We were also told our hands should be together, fingers pointing up to heaven!! Other teachers told us this was simply to keep our hands still. I honestly don't think the position matters. It is our attitude whilst in prayer that is important. Either our mind is on God at that time or it is wandering. I think our mind is less likely to wander if we are in a comfortable position.
---M.P. on 9/14/06

I pray sitting in my chair and walking down the street. Also silently on the Bus.
---Helen_5378 on 9/14/06

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I do most of my prayers in bed, Why?
I find in very conforting falling asleep in the arms of God.
---Ronnie on 9/14/06

I agree with Phil. There is no instruction as to the proper position. Jesus lifted up his face to heaven and he bowed. He lifted up his hands and he knelt. He was always in contact with the Father so his whole life was a prayer. Ours should be the same.
---john on 9/14/06

I'm sorry Jack, I wasn't all too clear. I meant in your private prayer time. I simply called it formal bc most of us pray throughout the day, but we generally have designated prayer and devotion times (like upon arising or before bed). I was speaking, specifically, of these times.
---AlwaysOn on 9/13/06

I agree there's no necessary position. I was curious about why people prefer the postures they do.
I started praying on my knees, face to the floor, a couple of years ago. 1st, bc it reminded me of bowing before my King. Then, because Jesus knelt to pray, I decided I'd continue to kneel. Not that it matters, but bc I enjoy it. During the day I pray whilst doing other things (walking, driving, etc.) and sometimes just sit in my living room or in my yard and enjoy contemplative time with Him.
---AlwaysOn on 9/13/06

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There is no established body posture associated with prayer in Christianity!!!

You can pray in you car waiting for the light to change and it has the same validity as kneeling before an alter in a church.
---Phil_the_Elder on 9/13/06

Linda & Darlene have it right. It does not matter.
But to answer the question, when in supplication, I usually kneel by my bed. Why? Probably becasue that is how I was taught to pray as a child, and it still seems most natural. No theological reason.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/13/06

All have precedents. Generally we stand except for weekdays in Lent, or when the deacon precedes a prayer with the words, "Again and again on bended knees let us pray to the Lord."
---Jack on 9/13/06

I have done all of those. The most effective is when the heart is bowed first.
---Linda6563 on 9/13/06

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It depends on what I'm going through. If I'm traviling in prayer for someone, for their salvation or for something for them, I travail on my knees. If I'm distraught, I will put my face to the floor and lie flat. My regular prayer time is spent in a sitting position. However, in the mornings, I walk back and forth my living room floor declaring the word, praying out loud before the day begins. I also pray in my car.
---Donna9759 on 9/13/06

For years its been where I can no longer kneel,if I tried I wouldn't be able to get back up. This bothered me,so I was praying about it, and God spoke to me and said "I don't want your bended knee,I want your bended heart". God doesn't care what position we are in when we pray,just that we pray. The Bible says pray without ceasing,and pray continually. You can't stay on your knees or any position all the time.
---Darlene_1 on 9/13/06

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