In other words: 3 radical changes that marked the way we pray today


“Do not worry about anything; rather, on every occasion, with prayer and supplication, present your requests to God and thank him. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will take care of their hearts and their thoughts in Christ Jesus. ”Philippians 4:6-7

En In the past, Prayer was common as a tribute. Neither the Hebrews nor most of the other nations mentioned in the Bible had determined postures to pray, although the ones they adopted were extremely respectful. It was common to pray standing up, and Jesus should be praying standing when, after his baptism, heaven opened, the Holy Spirit descended upon him in a dove's bodily form and he heard God's own voice speaking from heaven.


“They want something and they don't get it. They kill and feel envious, and they can't get what they want. They Quarrel and make war. They don't have, because they don't ask. ”Santiago  4:2

También adoptaban otras posturas, como ser la de rodillas. Esta era una postura común cuando se oraba. El propio Jesús se arrodilló a orar en el huerto de Getsemaní. Salomón también se arrodilló cuando oró en representación de la nación de Israel con motivo de la inauguración del templo. Si bien es cierto que en muchas de las referencias a la oración la Biblia emplea la palabra rodillas en plural, es posible que a veces la persona solo se apoyase en una rodilla, como hacen hoy en ocasiones los orientales.


“You did not choose me, but I chose you and commissioned you to go and bear fruit, a fruit that will endure. Thus the Father will give them everything they ask in my name. ”John  15:16

To worship, the Jews turned their faces to the city of Jerusalem and its temple wherever they were. Ezekiel saw in one of his visions 25 men with their backs to the temple of Jehovah, bowing with their faces turned eastward. Temples of those who worshiped the Sun were built in such a way that the entrance was to the West, forcing the worshipers to enter facing the East. Instead, the temple of Jehovah had its entrance through the East, so that when Jehovah's worshipers entered, they did so with their backs to the sunrise.