02 August 2001

posture

Posture in worship is important. If we don't permit our teens to slouch, shuffle, and stare at the ground when we are addressing them, how can we say posture is unimportant when we come into the presence of our heavenly Father to be addressed by him?

My wife and I have been using N.T. Wright's The Lord and His Prayer (Eerdmans 1996) in our family devotions recently. He has this to say regarding the second petition:
Thy Kingdom Come on earth as it is in heaven; and we who pray that prayer are ourselves bits of earth, lumps of clay. If we really want God's kingdom to come on earth, we should of course expect that the earth in question will include this earth, this clay, this present physical body. That means, of course, holiness. It means, of course, sacraments. And, held between holiness and sacraments, it means the physical act of prayer. (33)
Wright's remark is in keeping with the best in Reformed liturgics as well. As the 1559 Book of Discipline of the French Reformed Church states,
That great irreverence which is found in various persons, who at public and private prayers neither uncover their heads nor bow their knees, shall be reformed; for it is a matter repugnant unto piety, and gives suspicion of pride, and scandalizes those that fear God. (10.1)
Let us, then, take to our knees, as individuals and as the gathered church of God.