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Why do we close our eyes and bow our heads when we pray? Why do we . This one will force you to keep your eyes open so you can read.
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June 21, at 9: June 29, at 7: Reality was something Christ was firmly rooted in. If we fail to reflect His approach today shame on us, but not Him. He is still cutting to the reality of our world and our lives today and challenging us to face up and follow Him. August 3, at 5: I like this observation!

Today we have His Holy Spirit living within us. What better way to focus on our within than to shut our eyes and bow our heads to the Holy Spirit who resides in each one of His elect. August 3, at 6: Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Pete. The practice of lifting our eyes in prayer still seems relevant to me, though, because we still pray primarily to the Father, in the power of the Spirit, as Jesus taught and the apostles modeled.

No Peeking!

Many blessings to you! September 5, at 9: Some of my deepiest and most personal prayers to my Father were the simpliest just as a child talks with their father…. The next time anyone questions themselves on their form in prayer, then their prayer should be simple… pray for salvation! September 7, at 8: September 7, at September 8, at 8: Thanks for clarifying your statement, RJ.

  • ~ reflections on life, death, and everything in between.
  • Pray with Your Eyes Open;
  • Tis the Season;
  • Spiritual Blindness, Removal Of;
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Thanks for the dialogue! Thank you, too, for the dialogue, Barry.

Thoughts and Reflections on a Life of Peace and Repentance

Still keeping in mind not all Bibical norms are for today, e. September 8, at 5: That was my goal, RJ—to encourage readers to be fully engaged in prayer—heart, soul, mind and strength. Many blessings to you, too! November 1, at 2: All you see on the Internet is hatred and vulgarity. I completely agree with you guys, also. God will hear your prayers no matter where you are or what your muscles are doing. If you feel like having a quiet talk with Him bowing down with your eyes closed, go for it!

Why must you close your eyes when you pray?

As its something were not instructed on in scripture, and neither is a wrong thing to do, do whichever feels right to you. I also agree that a lot of environmental and situational factors can affect which feels right at the moment. Hope my comment helped for anybody else who found the on Google! November 3, at 9: Hey, brother, thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the encouragement.

November 20, at 5: January 24, at I like to follow his examples. But, I think people should do what works best for them when talking with Almighty God. I like the scripture: January 24, at 3: Thanks for stopping by! January 25, at 9: Thanks for posting such an interesting subject I shared it on facebook. I have come to be suspicious of church leaders who tell everyone to bow their heads and shut their eyes to pray. January 26, at Thanks for sharing, Julie. February 4, at 5: You are commenting using your WordPress.

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To close our eyes is, then, a fleeing from reality.

Why must you close your eyes when you pray?

My friend who bothers me disappears as I close my eyes. But this would miss the presence of God, who is everywhere present and filling all things. Praying with open eyes is, therefore, a testament to the fact that we see God in the created world, just as much as is our acceptance of the 7th Ecumenical Council, which upheld the use of icons in worship. It is a matter of saying that the world is not separate from the reality of God. The highest reality is here and now, just as much as it is in the life of the world to come.

I come to God in my liturgical worship, but I also see Him in the simplest things of life. And so, as my eyes are open in day to day life, they are open as I pray to Him, because all of my existence echoes the refrain, that God is with us. As this video proclaims:. One of the questions I asked my sponsor, prior to becoming Catholic, was why Catholics pray with their eyes open. How can we ignore Jesus, and how can we ignore the beauty of creation by keeping our eyes shut?

Love your blog my friend — keep it up. Thanks for the encouragement, Jason. May God guide us to be an online presence of love and truth in Christ. Chesterton did write in Orthodoxy that the difference between Catholic saints and Buddhist saints when depicted in statues or paintings was that Buddhist saints usually have closed eyes while Catholic saints have them opened even amidst the gallows.

The faith is beautiful. Joseph-thanks for your feedback. It is so true, that even as we go to our deaths, if we see the world with divine eyes we can see God in the midst of our persecutors. God grant us such eyes to pray and love that way! The Buddhist saint has a sleek and harmonious body, but his eyes are heavy and sealed with sleep. There cannot be any real community of spirit between forces that produced symbols so different as that. Granted that both images are extravagances, are perversions of the pure creed, it must be a real divergence which could produce such opposite extravagances.

Prophet Manasseh Jordan - 2017 PRAYER OPEN Your Spiritual Eyes (Prayer)