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13) More than Words
michelle yim  2013-10-06 08:11:06, 조회 : 2,676, 추천 : 545

Michelle Yim
Chapter 13

                                                 More than Words

        As humans we have the ability to communicate to others with more than words. For instance, I know that whenever my husband is upset or feeling some sort of way, he starts to pucker his mouth and doesn’t smile whatsoever. Whenever he does this, I end up asking him “what’s wrong? Or what happened?” We often times use facial expressions, body posture and the tone of our words to convey to another person about our feelings. Just as we implement all of this towards our communication with others, we should also do this with God. A lot of Christians have a preconceived notion that when you speak with God all you need is “proper terminology and standard ideas in verbal format”. However, God pays attention to more that our words.

Weeping and Singing

        Throughout the Bible, when many people pray, they do so with vigor and strength. Their prayers are extremely personal and comes from deep within their souls. In certain occasions, words aren’t always sufficient in what they want to tell and show God. So sometimes they result in weeping and singing. Pratt states that “Shedding tears in prayer is an important dimension of many psalms. When the psalmists turned to God in times of anguish, they often wept as they prayed”. It shows us in Psalm 39:12,

        “Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping”.

Another psalmist, illustrates anguish towards the world he faces and weeps rather bitterly to God. He says,

        “My soul is in anguish, How long, O Lord, how long?... I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes” (Psalms 6:3-7)

        Many of us living in this society are taught that crying is a sign of weakness. Especially for boys and men, they’re looked as sensitive or pathetic. Although this is very silly, what’s even sillier is the discomfort we feel when we are praying. Because of this, there are many Christians that believe if you don’t cry while praying then it’s due to lack of faith in God. However, the Bible shows us that there is an appropriate time to shed tears and times where it isn’t. Sometimes our words alone can’t get across our deep emotions, however just crying for the sake of it, isn’t correct either. We can be positive that God never overlooks our tears because in Psalms 56:8 it says,

        “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll---are they not in your record?”

        Just like we can express our sorrow through weeping, we can also communicate our happiness to God by singing to Him. Many of the people in the Scriptures showed us how they sang their prayers to God. In Psalms 9:1-2 it says,

        “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

        Singing in prayer is an important key to communicating with God. Luckily for us, we have many songs that were written as prayers therefore many of us are doing it already! Many Christian hymns are also directed to God, therefore whenever we are singing we must be conscious that we are conversing with Him.

Kneeling and Lifting Hands

        In the ancient times, kneeling was a form that many lower class people were expected to do in the presence of royalty. To do this was to show humility and respect for the person in a higher status. Therefore, kneeling was utilized throughout the Bible. But why? God is our King and we are his lowly creature servants. We can see from Psalms 56:6 where it says,

        “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker”.

Also in Solomon’s prayer to God we can notice his posture through the text in 2 Chronicles 6:13,

        “Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven”.

        Pratt noted a interesting observation when he says “When believers of old turned to God in prayer, they knew their true condition as creatures and sinners. So they demonstrated their humility by bowing as they offered their entreaties”. Knowing our condition of who we are and what’s in our hearts makes us reflect on how good God is, and how weak we are. Another body language that many of us partake in is lifting of hands. We have already read Solomon’s kneeling and lifting hands, however we can also see from the New Testament in 1 Tim 2:8,

        “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger or disputing”.

* admin님에 의해서 게시물 이동되었습니다 (2015-12-31 05:59)

김 에스더
임 미쉘 선생님의 수고에 주님의 이름으로 감사드립니다.
선생님의 기도 뿐만 아니라 학생들의 기도 소리도
많이 변화되고 나아지는 모습을 보면서 많이 감동 받았습니다.
역시 "배움"은 우리들을 발전시키고 하나님 앞으로 인도함을 다시 한번 확인합니다.
또한 "가르침"은 배우는 자리보다 더 귀하고 감사한 자리임을 보게 됩니다.
마지막 시간에 임 미쉘 선생님이 한 말씀이 마음에 남습니다.
"왜 우리는 이런 책을 이제야 만났는가? 더 일찍 만났더라면 하는 아쉬움과 만약 그랬더라면 지금은 우리 모두 더 나은 기도의 사람들이 되었을 것인데...
그러나...지금도 늦지 않았다.
기도는 확실히 연습이 필요하다. 그리고 배운대로 적용하는 것이 중요하다."

맞습니다. 기도하기를 원하는 마음만큼
실제로 기도하는 것이 중요하고
배운 것을 적용하는 것은 더 중요합니다.

이렇게 귀하고 좋은 책을
훌륭한 선생님을 통해서 배우게 해주신
주님께 영광을 돌립니다.


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