I like to use my head. To think. To analyze. To plan.
But sometimes, I need to put my body where my head is.
Put my body in position.
On Your Knees
It was the first Sunday of the new year. The first Sunday after the latest church shootings. Another one in Texas. Three people died.
Pastor Priscilla had been wrestling with God on Saturday night about it. On Sunday morning, she had an assignment for the rest of us.
Get down on your knees. Bow. Start the year off right by worshiping the Father. Physically, not just mentally or emotionally.
She wanted us to know awe, to exhibit faith, to discard fear. To start this year off right.
So we did. On our knees all across the room, we were prayed over by Pastor Priscilla. She gave us what she’d been given about BOW: Blessed Overcoming Winners (not sinners).
There’s something about putting the body in position.
Raise Your Hand
The service continued on. This time it was Pastor Pat pulling us up for more.
It had been two days since the assassination of Iran’s Qasem Soleimani. International tension was high. Pastor Pat asked for raised hands if you would be deploying overseas or had loved ones deploying.
He asked those sitting nearby to gather around those with hands raised, to pray for their safety and for our military and for peace.
I looked around. I saw clumps of people spread out over the auditorium, praying, in touch with soul and body.
I saw people putting their bodies in position.
Body in Place
The sermon was delivered. Pastor Pat asked for those with needs to come receive prayer. Lay down their weights.
My friend Sandy, sitting next to me, stood up. She was quick to walk to the front and kneel for prayer.
My mind went into gear. Pray for Sandy. My heart engaged, too: Lord, please.
But my body? It was frozen in place. God could hear my prayers for Sandy from my seat. Why did my body need to follow?
Logically, I was right. God can hear us anywhere. I could hug Sandy afterwards, and even pray together then.
But sometimes the body needs to follow the heart instead of only rationalizing with the head.
I stepped out. Already there were many others up front praying. I found Sandy and knelt beside her, my arms over her shoulders, and prayed with her. Not just in spirit, but also in body.
It felt different than praying from my seat. It felt stronger.
A few more minutes went by. Sandy turned to me and asked if I needed prayer, too. I did. Don’t we always?
She prayed for me. This song flooded over us.
Jesus, you change everything.
All across the auditorium people were asked to pray with open hands. I opened mine.
Sometimes we need to just put the body in position.
The Body Complete
Some lead with their gut, some with their heart; I lead with my head.
But sometimes the whole body needs to show up, not just the head or heart.
I often have to make my body go where I want it to go.
I have to remind myself to linger in my body, not just in my mind. It doesn’t come naturally.
But perhaps we are most like God when we are three-in-one, together, like he is with the Son and Spirit.
Send the body. Put it where you want it to be. Let it do things.
Even if it’s uncomfortable.
Put the body in position.
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Which are you: a head, heart, or body person? Please share in the comments.
This is my year to Linger. For January I’m focusing on lingering in the body. Here’s why.
For more on worshipping in the body:
- Let the Body Worship
When God is in the house, how can a body contain him? Go with it. Let the body worship.
- Worship Different
It was just a small change but a good change. May we never be too comfortable to try something different.
- Raise Your Hand If . . .
She asked me, “Why do people raise their hands at your church?” It’s a good question. How would you answer?
- 5 Scriptures for Making Decisions
- How Can You Transform Your Thought Life?