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1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray continually. This blog is an opportunity to do just that.  Highlighting different guides and styles for prayer.  Please feel free to comment below about your own personal experience with this prayer or any questions you have regarding praying.

Whole Body Prayer

"Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground."

Nehemiah 8:6 (NIV)

Most often I bow my head, close my eyes, and clasp my hands when I pray. I love bowing my head in reverence to God. However, raising my hands, and bowing down with my face to the ground is not a common action for me. In fact, it would make me a little uncomfortable, physically and emotionally. But I don't want to hold back from God. I don't want to shrink back from worshipping him because of what I think others might think or because of some personal discomfort. It is not good to draw attention to oneself, but it is also not good to hold back from allowing God to move you. I want God to have my all, to worship him with my entire being.


  • Pray with your hands raised, reaching out to God, exalting Him. You can try this at home, or at church, or in the middle of the street (just please don't get hit by a car or cause others to fall into anger because you are obstructing traffic). 
  • Get uncomfortable (especially if you are not flexible), lay down on the floor, or kneel before God. Humbly pray for to God in discomfort. Acknowledge your sin and surrender to His forgiveness. Acknowledge His greatness and submit to His will for your life.

Thank you for praying,

for turning your eyes and heart to the Father who is able to do more than we could hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). May you come to know Jesus more, be blessed, and be a blessing as you pray.

How free do you feel in your worship of God?

Is how you pray in public different than how you pray in private?

1 Comment

Colleen Peters 3 months ago

I lifted my hands to heaven twice during my walk while signing praise songs. Amazing how open my body feels when I lift my hands. Thank you for the encouragement.

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