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 exercise is the fourth and final 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 4] Receiving
In prayer something interesting can happen – we can be changed for good. As we open ourselves up to the presence of God a quiet transformation begins. We receive what we need in order to live in the way of Jesus.
As you go into prayer begin in the stance of HUMILITY, the first in this series, hands together, head bowed. Then move into WELCOME, arms open wide, looking up. Followed by HOLDING, hands raised in that ancient stance of Christian prayer.
When you are ready, slowly fold your hands across your chest. This receiving motion takes us into a stance associated with death, and is a reminder that in Jesus we will not be alone when the time comes for us to make that great journey.
Here’s a prayer you might like to use to accompany this exercise:
Compassionate Jesus give me I pray
all that I need to live in your way today
and all that I need when the time comes to leave this life