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16th July 2023

Prayer


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace . . .


Hebrews 4:16




The Bible does not command us to take any one position when we pray. It does not say (for example) that we must always pray on our knees, or sitting or with our hands raised, or even with our eyes closed.


The Bible, in fact, gives many examples of people who prayed in a number of physical positions. When King David confessed his sins and prayed fervently that God would spare the life of one of his sons, “He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground” (2 Samuel 12:16). When Abraham prayed that God would spare the city of Sodom (in spite of their sin), he “remained standing before the Lord” (Genesis 18:22).


The important thing about prayer is not our physical position, but the attitude of our hearts. When we pray, do we realize we are approaching the Creator and Lord of the Universe? Or do we treat our prayers casually, as if we were simply talking to a neighbour? And do we realize the great privilege God has given us by allowing us to come into His presence, a privilege that cost God His only Son?


Our physical position is important in prayer, because it reflects our attitude toward God and can help us focus on Him. Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and then joyfully but reverently come into His presence as you pray. The Bible says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Bible Reading

Hebrews 4: 14-16.

Prayer

My Father, and my God, Thank You for the wonderful privilege of being able to come before You in prayer. Thank You, for the Lord Jesus, who has made this way possible by His work on the cross for me. Amen.









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