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Bodily posture in prayer: A New Testament perspective The New Testament does not prescribe any specific bodily postures or gestures for praying. All three universal postures, viz that of standing, kneeling and prostration, are repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament documents without comment. Dire...

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Published in: Verbum et ecclesia Vol. 15; no. 2; pp. 264 - 279
Main Author: Du Toit, A. B
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: AOSIS 07-19-1994
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Summary: Bodily posture in prayer: A New Testament perspective The New Testament does not prescribe any specific bodily postures or gestures for praying. All three universal postures, viz that of standing, kneeling and prostration, are repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament documents without comment. Directives are, however, given on the spiritual attitudes which should influence bodily expression. In deciding on different options for today the importance of socio-cultural conventions should be kept in mind. In line with the New Testament and the early church fathers it can be considered to express humility, contrition and supplication by kneeling and/or bowing the head (while standing or sitting), and to praise God while standing erect, with or without uplifting of the hands.
ISSN: 1609-9982
2074-7705
DOI: 10.4102/ve.v15i2.1096