Holy Ground

Over the past week, many of my friends have had close family members pass away. Some deaths were unexpected and/or tragic. Some deaths were so peaceful and calm that time seemed to stand still. Almost as if you should take your shoes off, because you are standing on holy ground. Why can’t all deaths be this way? Short answer, so that God may be glorified.

A pastor friend and I were talking about death, and how at that moment the veil is lifted between the world of the flesh and the world of the Spirit. This side of heaven, prayer is the closest we can come to seeing behind the veil. Another pastor that I follow said that he often prays, writes, and preaches barefoot.

There are several prayer postures that I know of:

  1. Kneeling
  2. Bowing
  3. Folded hands
  4. Raising arms/hands
  5. Prostrate
  6. Shoes off
  7. Eyes open or closed
  8. A sweeping of arms, almost like the person is trying to bring a sweet fragrance to their nose

The next time I go into my prayer closet to pray, I believe I will take off my shoes. Hmmm, not sure I will try it at church yet, but I might!

Exodus 3:5. ESV. Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

1 Corinthians 13:12. ESV. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

What is your favorite prayer posture?

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