DeacPost “Prayer Posture” Deaconess Rayanne Woodruff

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I used to pray with my hands clasped. A new experience for me is praying with my palms up and open. This ancient prayer posture represents a coming to God with open hands, asking for God’s grace in our weakness. At first, it was uncomfortable, but as I practiced, this way of praying came to feel safe as I let myself be vulnerable and open to God in prayer.

One day, praying in this way, I felt a hand touch mine. A young man, a camper at a camp for people with disabilities, was seated next to me at chapel. I knew he didn’t like intimate contact, so I had given him space. But now, his hand and mine laced together as we prayed and worshiped. I felt that the Spirit worked in us as together we prayed, worshiped and received God’s grace.

Prayer: God, thank you for showing us that your power comes to us when we are most vulnerable, your strength through our weakness. Amen.

Deaconess Rayanne Woodruff, Lakeland, FL

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