Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 … The Posture of Our Heart

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 162 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images from my friend, Clay Crosse, singing his song … When I Lift My Hands … poignantly singing the posture of our hearts needing to be that of surrender when we pray to our God.

Highlight Verse[s]: 2 Chronicles 6:12 [NKJV} … 
12 Then Solomon[b] stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands [and he prayed] … 
… Solomon postured himself in surrender before God to dedicate the Temple to God. 
Highlight Passage [context]: 2 Chronicles 6:7-15 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… King Solomon in dedicating the Temple to the Lord, took a posture of humility in his prayer of dedication.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : …Proverbs 4:23 [NLT] … 
23 Keep your heart will all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life. 
… God, thru Solomon, shows us that it is from the heart all of our life, and certainly our prayers, must flow.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Luke 18:10-13 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Two men in the Temple to pray, both standing … a Pharisee prideful and a humbled sinner.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Ephesians 3:14-21 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The Apostle, on his knees, prayed a prayer of surrender, wonder, and thankfulness to God.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Randy Kilgore, uses an interesting word picture to illustrate our charge as Christians to help the lost find Jesus. The ODB author wrote: When my husband plays the harmonica for our church praise team, I have noticed that he sometimes closes his eyes when he plays a song. He says this helps him focus and block out distractions so he can play his best—just his harmonica, the music, and him—all praising God. 
Some people wonder if our eyes must be closed when we pray. Since we can pray at any time in any place, however, it might prove difficult to always close our eyes—especially if we are taking a walk, pulling weeds, or driving a vehicle! 
There are also no rules on what position our body must be in when we talk to God. … Whether we kneel or stand before God, whether we lift our hands heavenward or close our eyes so we can better focus on God—it is not the posture of our body, but of our heart that is important. Everything we do “flows from [our heart]” (Prov. 4:23). 

This morning I prayed when I woke, lying in bed. I prayed, as I do every morning on my knees. And also daily, I find myself praying for God to reveal Himself to me as I sit and meditate on His word and journal my thoughts here [see photo]. I may be in differing physical postures when I pray; but I try to be in a spiritual posture of humility and surrender each time I come to my Abba Father in prayer.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … Lord, … As I sit here at my computer, writing this, I humbly pray that I will always come to You with a heart of surrender. … Amen

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