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| Michelle Yim|
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”.
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