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Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

Following the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, the Hebrew people are exhorted to praise God. Although bowing in prayer was a common form of worship (see Psalms 95:6, for instance), now the Israelites are to stand—a position called by one source “the proper attitude for praise.” 

Bible stories show many approaches to praying. Abraham and Joshua, for example, fall on their faces before God; Moses says he will “spread abroad [his] hands unto the Lord”; Solomon, Daniel, Jesus, and Stephen all kneel in prayer (see Genesis 17:3Joshua 5:14Exodus 9:27–29I Kings 8:54Daniel 6:10Luke 22:41Acts 7:60). Whatever the outward position, these petitioners exemplify reverence, trust, and gratitude—indispensable to reaching out to God.

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Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at

Cit. 6: Peterson, Eugene H. The Message, Remix: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Pub. Group, 2003.

Cit. 7: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 17: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 7, The Gospels and Narrative Literature, Jesus and the Gospels, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 23: Vine, W. E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. Westwood, NJ: Barbour &, 1985. Also available at

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