June 22, 2009

Ephesians 3:14 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. (The Message)

Ever hear of “body language?” It’s the idea that we communicate not only with our words but also, and perhaps even more so, with our expressions and the physical attitudes we display. This is an important feature in what has been called “active listening.” We have all experienced speaking to someone who is distracted and not paying full attention to what we are saying. They may be glancing around or fidgeting or just not have an engaging expression, but we know they aren’t connecting with us. In this passage Paul suggests that what we do with our bodies in prayer may be significant. Sure, you can pray anytime, anywhere, with any words. But sometimes what we do with our bodies in prayer may speak volumes also. We don’t kneel much as Presbyterians but no one ever said we couldn’t. Kneeling may not be the way you express reverence, but then what is? What do you do with your body that says to God that for that moment God has your full attention? What does your “body language” say about your “active listening” as you pray? It is worth considering.

Don

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