I had the privilege to attend a Living Proof Live conference in early June featuring Beth Moore. She focused on teaching the elements needed to A-D-V-A-N-C-E the gospel of Christ. One of the key elements is to hone our offensive weapon of prayer. She challenged us to shake up our prayer life so that we are fervent, committed, energized and passionate in our conversations with the LORD. I have been pondering the positions of prayer that she outlined- face down, kneeling, sitting and standing. Mostly I sit as I pray and write in my prayer journal. I realized how much I needed this refocusing in my own life to energize my times with the Lord. I’m going to write about these positions one at a time and hopefully, my discussion and questions will help you to rethink your own prayer life.
Going face down in prayer is not something I do. I have to ask myself why not? In scripture, those confronted with serious problems or with God’s presence fell face down before the Lord. Moses in Numbers 16:4 fell face down when confronted with Korah’s sin, Joshua 7:6 says Joshua went face down when confronted with Achan’s sin, Ezekiel 1:28 tells when Ezekiel saw God’s radiance he fell face down. In the New Testament the leper came to Jesus and fell face down seeking Jesus’ healing in Luke 5:12 and in Matthew 17:6 Peter, James and John fell face down upon hearing the voice of God speaking to them on the Mt of Transfiguration. Do I feel my problems are not serious enough to warrant going face down before the Lord. Being face down is a position of abject submission and helplessness in front of Almighty God. Isn’t that where I need to be to seek His solution to my problems and ask for His mercy? Scripture does not describe Hezekiah as being face down when he presented his letter from Sennechrib to God pleading for his mercy and deliverance in 2Kings 18, but I envision Hezekiah as being face down, spread out in utter submission to God. He laid his case before God seeking his solution to an impossible situation. Hezekiah trusted God for the outcome and received a miraculous deliverance.
What impossible situations are you facing right now? Do you feel that something-a relationship, a job, a situation, a conflict is beyond help? These are the situations where God longs to help us. Consider going face down in prayer and laying the problem before God and asking for his mercy. Then get up and trust God with the problem knowing that God has already taken care of it! Remember 2Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” Also Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Blessings as you seek his face- face down in abject submission.