While practicing the habit of privately praying upward
to God in intimate worship and adoration, standing
is by far the best posture for keeping up abiding oneness. Above
all else, because the Bible tells us to stand, we should be curious
enough to bring our understanding of the procedure in line
with this powerful truth. The humanistic viewpoint that standing
is irrelevant should be regarded as without merit, for it has
no solid biblical support. If you are in opposition to the question
of “standing and praying,” you shall have the opportunity
to investigate the subtle leading of Old Testament and New Testament
prophets, apostles, angels, saints, and Christ Himself as
they lay witness to God’s design.
Private praying in adoration of God while standing is the
proper protocol before the Father and the Prince of peace, Jesus
Christ! If you are not sure of this truth, I will say that you are
not alone in your questions, strong concerns, or—for some—
denial of the efficacy of standing and praying intimately the
private prayer God longs for.
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There are many who disagree, so it is right that we lay the
proper historical foundation from a basis settled long ago in
Jewish tradition. Most of us who read these materials are Gentiles,
needing only to pause and reflect that we too have been
grafted into the olive tree (the Jewish tradition and teaching).
We too, therefore, are bound up in and by these truths to understand
and receive our mercies, grace, and adherence to ancient
statute and testimony.
It will be to our advantage to discover together as much
as we can concerning the Word of God as it reveals a history
of “standing.” This controversial subject is wonder-filled and
lightning-hot. It should be that way, for it is a sad reality that
the twenty-first-century man has lost his sense of propriety, his
plumb for proper prayer. The prayer of praise, worship, and the
hallowing of God’s name is a mysterious step into the throne
room in heaven itself. This posture will support the ablest form
of presentation of one’s spiritual self at court. The Greek word
for this sort of formality, as we have said, is prosago. This term
speaks of the One who comes into court alongside His dependent,
His friend, and presents the subject to the King.
Because it is unfamiliar, as we view this celebration, we come
with our fear of acceptance and belonging. We are not the ones
coming to court on a regular basis, so we are struck to our knees,
bowing, kneeling, and groveling when we do come. We have
little biblical basis to rely on concerning the proper approach to
a distant God we may view as strict within a relational setting.
Consider a scene out of a movie depicting a young man
courting a young lady in her home for the first time. The father
looks down his nose at the youngster who is trying to be bright
and proper, forgetting that in a short time he will be the son
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of the master. We are the sons and daughters of the King who
delights at our appearance, whose desire is that we stand with
the family, members of the family, one with the royal order.
You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry
out, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of
His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if
a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Galatians
Standing is a must for the ones who understand the enemy’s
view, for it is Satan who has his methods of entering the mind with
lies, often begun with good thoughts of the well-being of others,
soon spoiling and carrying one off into the futility of the mind.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the
earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ
in God (Colossians 3:2–3).
While attentive to God, a wandering mind soon yields
to thought-life snares that neutralize the progress of bringing
our sacrifice, our holy praise to the Father. Having made these
points, we acknowledge that “praying privately” could be done
in any other position under the sun. God will always accept
your offering at whichever station you have reached, that place
which you are best capable of bringing Him love. If you are
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more comfortable praising Him on your knees, go for it. Prayer,
praise, and worship are spiritual; we are called to pray and worship
in the Spirit.