A friend passed this on to me, and I really feel the difference!
Palms Down, Palms Up
“Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you.”
Psalm 55:22 (David)
Not unlike King David we will face “giants” in our lives, and almost daily we will have to take on problems far bigger than us. It was in Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, that I learned how to better place my problems into God’s hands and experience His presence with me. Foster calls this way of praying, “Palms Down, Palms Up”. Foster describes the steps of praying Palms Down, Palms Up like this:
“Begin by placing your palms down as a symbolic indication of your desire to turn over any concerns you may have to God. Inwardly you may pray, ‘Lord, I give to you my anger toward John. I release my fear of my dentist appointment this morning. I surrender my anxiety over not having enough money to pay the bills this month. I release my frustration over trying to find a baby-sitter for tonight.’ Whatever it is that weighs on your mind or is a concern to you… release it. You may even feel a certain sense of release in your hands.”
“After several moments of surrender, turn you palms up as a symbol of your desire to receive from the Lord. Perhaps you will pray silently, ‘Lord, I would like to receive your divine love for John, your peace about my dentist appointment, your patience, your joy’.”
“Having centered down, spend the remaining moments in complete silence. Do not ask for anything. Allow the Lord to commune with you, to love you.”
Try praying Palms Down – Palms Up for a few days and watch for the difference it can make in your life!
“I cast all my cares upon You,
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.
And any time I don’t know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.”