MEMORY VERSE - 1 Timothy 2 vs 8 : I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Read : 1 Timothy 2 vs 1-8
Bible in one year : Hosea 5 - 7
The wise men who trailed the star that appeared at the birth of JESUS were selective worshippers. There are various postures you can take when worshipping GOD. You can stand and lift up your hands to the Almighty provided your hands are 'clean'. This position is a way of saying to GOD, 'LORD, I surrender to you'. 1 Timothy 2 vs 8 says, "I will therefore that men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting"
For this position of worship to be acceptable to GOD, your hands must not have shed innocent blood, or be defiled with anything shady. Also there must be no anger in your heart and no room for doubt.
In addition, you could go on your knees to worship GOD. This position acknowledges that GOD is superior to you. This was one of Daniel's favourite positions. Daniel 6 vs 10 says Daniel knelt down to pray and thank GOD three times a day. Some people feel too big to kneel down for the LORD. If you cannot bend those knees for GOD, whom would you bend them to? When GOD was speaking of his 7000 reserves who feared HIM, He described them by the fact that they have not bent their knees to an idol (1 kings 19 vs 18). After you were saved, your knees are no longer to bend to idols but to the true and living GOD. How often do you kneel to worship GOD? Bending your knees is humility. It could be painful to go on your knees to pray, yet, you do not mind enduring that pain in humility to the Almighty GOD. When last did you bend those knees to GOD? The truth is, when you bend your knees to worship GOD and you do it with all sense of reverence, humility and purpose, sooner or later, situations, circumstances, seen or unseen enemies will be compelled to bow to you. In other words, worship GOD the way you want things around you to worship or submit to you
Key Point : For quality worship, avoid distractions, absent mindedness and be free from sin.