Many people would tell you that prayer is when you come together for a prayer meeting and you usher in that presence. I would say to you what Paul said, that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Now, it would be hard to pray without ceasing in the manner in which some people consider prayer. What is often paraded as prayer can really be artificial and pretentious.
“Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by. Making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished,” Luke 20:46-47 (NLT).
Let me encourage you by saying this: Prayer is not the position of the body but the position of the heart.
In God’s Word, we are encouraged to come boldly to Him, and yet to be humble at the same time. In turn, He promises He will hear us, give us forgiveness, grace and mercy, and also lift us up.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most,” Hebrews 4:16 (NLT).
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you… So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor,” James 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6 (NLT).
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy – a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart,” 2 Chronicles 7:14-16 (NLT).
Can you imagine what would happen if God’s people would begin to pray?