Prayer is a means of communication between God and humans. Prayer is primarily the means of talking to God and getting instructions. It is the biggest secret of great men in the walk with God; giving themselves to prayer just as Acts 6:4 says.
Jonah 2:1-10 shows us the communication between Jonah and God. Jonah talked to God and God responded. Hannah also prayed to God as seen in 1 Samuel 1:1-12 and she got her answer. In as much as we are aware of a prayer structure as shown to us in Matthew 6:9-13 where we put God’s will before ours, we are expected to take note of the prayer posture also.
Most of the times when prayer was mentioned in the Bible, a posture was mentioned. For Hannah, she prayed while weeping to show total dependence on God (1 Samuel 1:10). King Solomon knelt while praying (1 Kings 8:54). Jesus lifted His hands up and looked up to Heaven (Mark 6:41).
Nevertheless, the term prayer posture doesn’t necessarily mean physical posture while praying. It refers to the position (posture) of the heart when praying. Thus, God watches our hearts while we pray for our intentions (James 4:3).
God is not just moved by the “drama” we act while praying but He is interested in the way our heart is positioned. The prayer posture expected of every believer is a posture of humility because only the broken in spirit can see God for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3).
Being broken in spirit is as a result of a total surrender to Jesus which bring forth humility. Humility is the key to answered prayer. Humility helps to set your heart right with God. When humility is the posture of the heart in prayers, it becomes easy to pray the right prayer; to pray the way God wants; to put God’s will first.
Yes, you are to pray with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6), but what matters is the posture of your heart – the position of the heart. If the posture is wrong then the structure is not valid.
Although the posture is relatively internal, it doesn’t mean the physical posture should be neglected. The physical posture must align with the internal posture. One’s heart cannot be right while the physical appearance has pride written all over it. One’s heart (thoughts) and actions must align in the place of prayer.
The right prayer posture accompanied by the right prayer structure effects the change you want. It gives you the answer to your request. Ensure to settle the internal part first before focusing on the outward appearance or deeds. Don’t be like the Pharisee in Luke 18:10-17.
Your Prayer posture shows a lot about who you are – humble enough to admit God’s grace and ask Him for answers respectfully; or proud to discard His love and ask Him to do things for you like an entitled person.
Check your heart and correct the posture to get answers to your requests. With a right prayer posture, you can pray prevailing prayers.