(This entry comes as the result of looking at my hands as I was sitting and praying recently. Perhaps these random thoughts might encourage you to consider the possible meaning of your own prayer postures.)
One way I pray is with folded hands. Not quite as involved as kneeling or prostrating myself, this posture invites prayer connections nonetheless. Those clasped hands give me the opportunity to pray beyond thinking.
I sometimes peer into the cave formed by my hands, and think of the folks whose well-being I’ve imagined into that space. They’re in there, these prayer-worthy ones, and by my prayers I participate in their lives.
A related thought that came to mind recently: The phrase we sometimes use to assure each other of our high regard, “I will hold you in prayer.” Since literal holding involves hands, my hands-folded posture might be especially fitting for me: There, in the shelter formed by my embracing fingers, is the essence or spirit of the person(s) for whom I am praying. I am actually holding them, surrounding them with fingers, palms and wrists!
As they knit together, my interjoined fingers create a tightly interlaced dome that resembles a refuge—a place where my thoughts are safe with each other. It’s just a bit dark—and quiet—inside this nesting place, so my prayer thoughts can rest there for awhile, even as they also wing their way towards God’s own hands.
When I release from that posture, it feels like my petitions are still stuck on my fingers. Later those ten digits will go about their daily ministries with the remnants of my prayers still covering their surfaces. Those prayer thoughts will meet the tasks of my day, thoughts translated into actions.
I don’t know your preferred prayer posture, of course, but I encourage you to consider how your prayer thoughts might be enhanced by the way you position your body. How you encounter God with your entire self.
May your prayers today be blessed.
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