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Do we need the correct posture to pray?

Get answers for our prayers.

When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. God said that, and He will not answer the prayers of sinners. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. John 9:31. God listens when we stop evil deeds and do righteous acts. We come to Him through fervent prayer, with pure heart and desire to feel His blessings and mercies. We have to show patience while waiting for His answer. The LORD, hiding His face from us sinners, must continue to trust Him.

When we pray, try to use the acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. ACTS is an acronym for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (or supply needs). Adoration: Praising God for goodness, guidance, and protection. Confession: To ask for forgiveness for offending Him and others. Thanksgiving: Thanking Him for the guidance and protection and for all he has done for us. Supplication: Requests during times of deep need or desire. This model of prayer is not to replace the Lord’s prayer but to be treated as an extension.

We do not need to go to the rooftop to pray like David and Peter did; pray standing like the Pharisees so they can be seen. Lifting our arms and raising our hands as if we are sinless; in other words, posture in praying is unnecessary; we need a contrite heart and a mouth that doesn’t say many flattery words and tongues that don’t lie. 

Indeed, God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of them. Job 35:13. When we pray, tell Him what and why we are praying for. He already knows even before we ask, which is what His word tells us. “Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then, you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Pray always in the Spirit and stay alert with all perseverance.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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