In this series of prayer exercises we engage in an unfolding set of movements or stances that can be linked together to enable a way of prayer that engages us in the body as well as the intellect and the spirit. Text and images by Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society.
This is the third in a series of unfolding movements or stances that can be linked together to enable prayer that engages us in body, soul and spirit.
[Stance 3] Holding
Usually when we come into prayer we rightly find ourselves with other people, places or situations in our hearts and on our minds. This stance enables us to hold these people and their concerns, and more importantly to recognise that they are in God’s holding care.
As you go into prayer today begin in the first stance of HUMILITY, hands together, head bowed. Then move into the second stance WELCOME, arms open wide, looking up. When you are ready lift up your hands so that they are around head height, palms facing you and tilted upwards. This is an ancient Christian stance of prayer. Say what you need to say, then be silent.
You might like to use this prayer:
God I hold these people before you:
May each person, place and situation
Be transformed by your holding care
In Jesus’ name I pray