Different Positions of Prayer in the Bible

The Scriptures give us many examples of people praying. With all those examples, people new to prayer often question what the right body position is. Should they stand? Should they sit? Should they kneel? There is no right or wrong way to pray with regard to body positions. The main thing is…to pray! We’ve included several biblical examples below for your reference. You may wish to try out these various positions and see which one works best for you in your personal prayer time.

  1. Sitting – I Chronicles 17: 16-27
    Denotes rest
  2. Kneeling – I Kings 8:54, Ezra 9:5, Luke 22:41, Acts 9:40
    Denotes surrender.
  3. Bowing – Exodus 34:8, Psalm 72:11, Nehemiah 8:6
    Displays honor and humility.
  4. Standing – Nehemiah 9:5, Mark 11:25, Luke 18:13
    Shows a position of respect and honor – you are ready to receive instructions.
  5. Uplifted hands – 2 Chronicles 6:12, 13, I Timothy 2:8
    Acknowledges a place of surrender, with no weapons, no hidden agenda, and a position of praise.
  6. Walking – 2 Kings 4:35
    A warring position. It is hard to sit and pray when you are at war.  Walking begins to stir up your prayer intensity.
  7. Prostrate – Joshua 7:6, Ezra 10:1, Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:35
    Shows an awe of the holiness of God – a position of crying out to God and a position of repentance.

I like different positions of prayer depending on how I am praying. As you try each one, you’ll become familiar with how each position makes you feel and how it affects your prayers. Don’t get too caught up with the position however. Just remember, the most important thing is, to pray.

Lisa Marshall
WNOP Strategic Prayer Coordinator