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A Posturing Prayer

Originally posted here.

Lately, I've found myself more and more concerned with my prayer posture.

There are certain physical postures appropriate to prayer, such as bowing, kneeling, lying face down, lifting up hands, and a lot more. I think physical postures are important and they are meaningful and they should be assumed as the Holy Spirit leads.

I'm not talking about physical posture today. I want to talk about the inner posture of prayer. Evelyn Underhill, a spiritual who lived at the turn of the 20th century, put it this way: "prayer, then, begins by an intellectual adjustment."1 This quote stuck with me and on me like an aroma or a bandaid - take your pick.

A couple of months ago I noted a "posturing prayer" in my journal, a prayer to return to that inspires me to adopt an intellectual adjustment for prayer. The words might not mean much to you reading this post, but perhaps the spirit of the prayer is something you can capture for your own prayer life. I hope that it serves as a reminder of the inner posture of our life, the necessity of assuming a internal position of surrender in our hearts.

A Posturing Prayer


Let me be still. Let me be quiet. Let me be empty. Let me fall dumb.

So that:

You will move. You will speak. You will fill. You will wizen.

"May the words of my mouth-"

be few! -

"And the meditations of my heart-"

be pure! -

"Be pleasing in your sight, O Lord,

My Strength and My Redeemer.


1. This is a quote from a selection found in Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups edited by Richard Foster & James Bryan Smith.

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