Everyone raise your heads, open your eyes, and let us pray. Doesn’t sound too familiar does it? This probably does. Everyone bow your heads, close your eyes, and let us pray. But does scripture say you have to pray with your eyes closed? Would you ever pray with your eyes open?
Let’s observe some verses. 1 Samuel 1:13 states, “As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.” Here we see one physical description. Lips moving in prayer. Is this prescriptive? It’s an example of someone we have praying, but still, it’s only a description of what they were doing, not necessarily a command of what to do.
Another example we have is Jesus. Matthew 26:39 states, “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Note that Jesus fell to his face before he prayed. Again, just a description, but it being an example in scripture, should you take it as prescriptive?
1 Timothy 2:8 states, “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.” Here we see an instruction to pray lifting up holy hands. One has a stronger case in saying this is prescriptive versus the other two examples. But I know one can ask if it’s really necessary for one to always raise their hands in prayer? And what about the people who can’t raise their hands at all, are their prayers invalid? Surely not.
So we have these descriptions one can debate if they’re prescriptions. I imagine there’s other examples I didn’t include, but I’m not aware of any verse that states to close your eyes to pray. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Perhaps the main point however you communicate to God, eyes open or closed, hands raised or clasped together, mouth moving or silent thoughts, the important thing is that you’re directing your attention and petitions to God.
Peace to all those who are in Christ.
I apologize that I’ve not posted in awhile. I’ve been concentrating on some things in my life I need to improve. I missed writing and felt the urge to share something with you all again. But also, things have kind of changed with me. I started the “Fact Based Truth” blog with the confidence that I was going to revolutionize the way everyone thought about their faith to the “right ways” I believed it should be thought. More than a bit of arrogance I’ll admit.
In some instances I did, in other instances I didn’t, and even more so in all the time I’ve written here, I’ve found that my mind has surprisingly changed to beliefs that a few years ago I would have been 100% against. Ultimately I’ve come to the conclusion that we simply all believe what we want to believe based on changing life experiences, emotions, biases, and probably some other things. I never necessarily saw it as my role to convince anyone of my beliefs, more so to make minds think more outside of the traditional box, and understand one’s faith closer to exactly what the scripture specifically states in context.
I appreciate all of you who’ve continued to comment and like my previous content, and those of you who’ve prayed for me in my absence. I hope everything I’ve written here continues to make you think and make those you share it with think as well. I can’t say if I will or won’t post on here again. Anything is possible. But with the way I’ve changed, I frankly don’t know if anything I’d write would stay true to the original foundation of this blog. Regardless, I’m glad I’ve left a small footprint in the Christian blogosphere. I’ll always be proud of everything I wrote, the amount of viewership I built up, and how much you’ve all challenged and even taught me with your responses.
I pray all of you continue to grow closer to God in your journeys, and that you discover all the peace that you can possibly have in this life through Christ! 🙂