Prayer has typically been portrayed as something you do on your knees with your hands fastened in front of you and your eyes closed but this isn't the only way you can pray. Kneeling is a symbol of respect but the attitude of respect is more important than your posture when you pray. No one is quite sure where the palms pressed together or hands clasped originated from, possibly to keep you from fiddling. There is no mention in the Bible about closing your eyes during prayer, though this too could prevent you from looking around and getting distracted. In John 17:1 it says, After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed. It's hard to look toward heaven with your eyes closed.
When you pray, kneeling, closing your eyes, bowing your head and clasping your hands are not important. God looks at your heart, not your physical posture.
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Praying continually might seem like an impossible task, but when you think about it there are lots of opportunities to pray throughout the day.
I love the idea of Bible journaling but find it hard to make time. There is a lot of difficult stuff going on in the world right now. David wrote some awesome honest and raw Psalms when he was going through some difficult times so I thought I would write my own. It was very cathartic. You don't have to use fancy words, just be real. If you need some inspiration, read some of the Psalms in the Old Testament.
I often do this. When I wake up in the middle of the night I talk to God. Sometimes I fall asleep really quickly and other times we have a really good chat.
You could use this idea to make a great prayer journal or gratitude journal for a friend or family member.
I love, love, love these DIY prayer journals. They would make fantastic Christmas gifts.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.