What is the praying position according to the Bible?

An argument often made by Muslims against Christians is that it is Muslims and not Christians that pray as Jesus prayed. They claim that Jesus prayed kneeling down with his head bowed and face to the ground. 

Let’s have a look at what the Bible says regarding praying positions. 

Jesus is stated as praying on the ground. 

Mark 14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

There really is no way of knowing exactly what position Jesus was in although the wording would indicate that Jesus literally laid on the ground while praying. 

This would be supported by the similar language used in Matthew. 

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Jesus himself gave instructions regarding praying and referred to STANDING while praying.

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Jesus knelt down and prayed

Luke 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

There is no mention of Jesus bowing his head or putting his face to the ground. 

Peter knelt and prayed. 

Acts 9:40 Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Again there is no mention of Peter bowing his head or putting his head to the ground. 

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

King Solomon also is referenced as praying while kneeling down with no mention of his head being bowed or face to the ground. 

1 Kings 8:54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven

Daniel is referred to as kneeling on his knees 3 times a day. 

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Paul refers to praying with hands held up. 

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

When we look at what scripture states we see there are actually many different praying positions outlined in the Bible. 

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