PRAYERS MUST FLOW FROM MY HEART
I have had an opportunity to be in numerous worship experiences. If you are a pastor, you may even get invited to sit on the pulpit when you visit another pastor’s church. I never assume that is going to be the case, so I take a seat in the congregation. I usually try to see towards the front, only because I want to be close to where the fire is and I like to encourage the angel of the house in their exhortation to the congregation. If the choir and musicians are position close to the pulpit, I get a glimpse of their faces. I especially look at the musician on the keyboard, since I also play the piano.
I have noticed that sometimes they close their eyes when they play the songs. Deacon Kevin Powell comes to mind when I think about this nuance. He closes his eyes. He is a straight up maestro on the keyboards, whether it is the Hammond 3B or another type of keyboard. You can tell that he is thoroughly enjoying what he is doing on that instrument. Kevin is a worshipper, a psalmist “Par Excellent.” I have never interviewed Deacon Kevin, so I do not claim to know why he closes his eyes. But some have said that closing their eyes helps them to focus and block out distractions so they can play the instrument the best. They get into the music and they begin to praise God along with the parishioners.
Some people wonder if our eyes must be closed when we pray. Since we can pray at any time in any place, however, it might prove quite difficult to always close our eyes, especially if you are on your way to work, the mall, or to picking up your children from school.
Thankfully, there are no rules on what position our body must be in when we talk to our Heavenly Father. When King David prayed, he often prayed upon his bed. I am positive while on the run from King Saul that he lifted up vehement prayers from the mountains or caves that he was hiding in. King Solomon, his son, knelt down and “spread out his hands toward heaven when he dedicated the temple in 2 Chronicles 6:13-14.” There are many postures of prayer mentioned in the Bible; kneeling, standing, lying face down are all mentioned in the Bible as positions of prayer. So whether you kneel, stand, close your eyes or keep them open to better focus on God-it is not the posture of your body that concerns him, but of our heart that is important.
Everything that we say or do must come from the heart. That brings to mind the verse from the song, “Grateful,” “Flowing from my heart, are the issues of my heart.” Everything that we do flows out from our heart. When we pray, we must make sure that our hearts are pure. We must always be mindful of the need to repent often. We must bow our heads in total submission to God. He will hear the prayers of adoration, gratitude, and humility going up to him from the lips of our mouth. God’s ears are always open and attentive to our prayers and our cries. The highest form of prayer that we can offer up to God must come from the depths of a grateful, thankful, and humble heart.
Have A wonderful Day and: Don't forget to say your prayers.