As I have been blogging about different positions of prayer, I have found it increasingly difficult to find time to pray. Satan does not like us dialoguing about prayer or praying as he knows that from prayer we receive direct power for living and the peace of God. Paul tells us in Ephesians about the armor God has for us. He lists the armor elements-helmet of salvation, belt of truth, shield of faith, breast plate of righteousness and ready feet. (Ephesians 6:10-18) He also lists 2 items that we have for our defense- the word of God, which is sharper than any two edged sword, and prayer. Paul also gives us insight into the power and effectiveness of prayer in Phillipians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) So I should not be surpsrised by difficulties encountered in keeping a committed time of prayer. By praying I am being active and using the powerful weapon God gave me to fight against Satan’s influence in my life. I am also leaving the battle with God and taking away peace and a firm guard for my heart and mind. Good news indeed for our stress filled lives!
The next position of prayer that I want to talk about is sitting. You do not find many references to prayer in the Bible when the person is seated. The Last Supper scene is described in Luke 22. In verse 14 says Jesus and his disciples were reclined at the table. Later in verse 17, “After taking the cup, he gave thanks” and in verse 19, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it.” I was reflecting on this and thought that in our daily lives we have many more activities that we do sitting besides eating. Many people sit doing their jobs, working on their computers at home, studying God’s word while seated at a desk or on a couch, watching TV, reading and driving their cars. We have good lighting so we can read and work inside many hours of the day or night. So how are you using your seat time? Do you pray at mealtime? Do you pray when you are at your computer or at your desk at work? How about when you are driving in the car? Prayer is available to us wherever we are and in 1Thessalonians 5:17 we are told to “pray continually”.
How will you use your seat time today?