I have always been intrigued by the human body and, in college, I studied sports medicine – I became fascinated by the intricacies of the human body and how God created each tiny detail to function together so perfectly to allow us to move and run and be active and mobile.
One of the most important aspects of our anatomy is our spine! I’m sure that no surprise to you if you give it 2 seconds worth of thought. As the center to our bodies, it holds us up and provides support so that we aren’t a puddle of goo on the floor. When the spine is in correct alignment, God designed the bones of our spine (and connected skeleton) to carry the weight of our bodies, with muscles then helping out with mobility and stability. When everything is in proper alignment, we are able to move in a full range of motion without pain or issue (mostly).
In my own case, a misalignment of my neck vertebrae leads me to have an unnatural curvature in my spine in that area. That leaves the muscles of my neck fully bearing the weight of my head. I have severe tension issues in the muscles of my neck that lead to pain and headaches and often “tweaked” muscles that make it painful to move. Those muscles of my neck were never meant to bear that load; it was meant for my spine.
Now, if you’ve been around the blog a bit, you know I’m going somewhere with this. God didn’t design proper posture for our physical bodies alone. The command to pray, that we see many times over in the Bible, is a call to correct posture. When we pray first, and pray always, it serves to keep us in correct alignment with God, which leads to (at least!) these 3 key things:
- Magnification of God/minimization of self – when we magnify the wonder and omnipotence of our God through prayers of adoration, it naturally places us where we belong, low in priority and low in ability, in awe and wonder of our great God. Remembering His omnipotence and sovereignty reminds us of how we are dependent upon Him for our very breath and keeps our perspective where it needs to be, which allows all else to flow rightly from that truth.
- Proper load-bearing – as weak humans, we are not meant to bear the load of daily living. When we attempt to bear all things, it leads to pain, tension and spiritual health issues — we fail when we try to bear it alone! Letting God bear the weight, through bringing our concerns to Him in prayer and laying all our cares upon Him, leads to living in joy and moving with freedom. He created and knows us intimately, and we can trust Him completely with our burdens and cares!
- Gratitude – through prayer and worship, we are reminded of God’s past providence and faithfulness, have His presence and power forefront in our minds and so can release anxiety, tension and worry in the face of His great love!
So. Super short post today, but this theme of prayer just keeps popping up and usually that s a sure sign for me that others may need a reminder as well!
Takeaways? I’m going to try to see a chiropractor to sort out my neck alignment, and I think we all need to check in with the Holy Spirit for a spiritual posture check!
He commanded prayer because it is for His glory and honor, and our good.
Pray First. Pray Always.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16