Day 4 : Teaching on Expressing Yourself Before God, 6 January

Day 4 : Teaching on Expressing Yourself Before God, 6 January

Bible Readings


Luke 22:44: And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Exodus 17:11: As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.


Introduction

The two scriptures above show that physically expressing ourselves before God is an essential aspect of our prayer life. In the first reading, Jesus himself prayed until he was sweating, which means he was not just standing still but vigorously moving his body in prayer. In the second reading, Moses was not only praying in words, but he was lifting his hands to God. There several ways of expressing yourself before God below:


Loud Voice 

  • Hebrews 5:7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.

Lifting hands 

  • Psalm 28:2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Looking up to heaven

  • John 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.

Walking around 

  • 2 Kings 4:35 Elisha got up, walked back and forth across the room once, and then stretched himself out again on the child. This time the boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes

Standing 

  • Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

Kneeling 

  • Luke 22:41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,

Standing 

  • Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

Kneeling 

  • Luke 22:41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,

Sitting Down 

  • 2 Samuel 7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: "Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

Prostrating 

  • Genesis 17:3 Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him,

Tears 

  • Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears.


Application 

At the end of service, the church engaged in a session of praise and worship whereby people expressed themselves before God using some of the principles mentioned above. Several scriptures were used as examples of how God expects us to praise and worship him:

Praise: 

  • 2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might
  • Acts 3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Worship 

  • Matthew 2:11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
  • 2 Kings 6:13 He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
Back to posts