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The Posture Of Prayer : An Islamic And Christian Perspective Essay

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The Posture of Prayer: An Islamic and Christian Perspective Communication: The Basis of Life Islam, Judaism and Christianity are three of the world’s great monotheistic faiths. They share not only many of the same holy sites, such as Jerusalem, and prophets and patriarchs, such as Abraham; but also the many practices and beliefs such as prayer, ablutions, and strong familial ties of the patriarch and others before him. Collectively, scholars refer to these three religions as the Abrahamic faiths, due to the fact that Abraham and his descendants are dynamic protagonists in the founding of these religions. The posture of prayer in our context deals with the physical posture as well as the spiritual posture and prostration of the body, mind, and spirit. Note that there are countless circumstances in the Bible where men and women not only bowed before Deity but also before those held in high esteem; whether it be to the king supreme or to the head of household; the showing of respect via the posture of prostrating was common in many circles. Most fascinating to me is Mark 3:11 that records: “Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, "You are the Son of God!" The disciples declared in their peril on the sea, “What manner of man is this that even the wind and the waves obey Him. (Matt 8:27)” Note that the word “obey” is derived from the word obeisance which also means to bow and or prostrate oneself before. Yes, even the elements prostate
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