[quote="Oneofthewomen, post:1, topic:228563"]
I was taught as a child to clasp my hands together and intertwine my fingers.
A couple of years ago while on retreat and at a time I was really struggling in my prayer life,
I came across a book by Henri Nouwen called With Open Hands, and it really changed how I look at prayer and in turn how I practice prayer.
In a nutshell, what Fr. Nouwen is saying is that prayer is a matter of giving our concerns to God and in return, receiving God's grace.
He goes on to point out, that one can neither give nor receive if one's hands are tightly claspped together, that to truly experience the exchange one's hands need to be open.
Ever since then, I find myself praying with open hands,
ususally cupped together, as I would to receive communion.
This posture as really helped me to "let go" and open up during prayer and to not hold anything back.
I find I have become much more vulnerable before God, giving Him all my cares and worries, and opening myself to receive His grace.
It has been quite an interesting development in my prayer life, and has made a huge impact on my journey thus far.:getholy:
As anyone else ever had an experience similar?
*I guess it all depends on the reason why I am praying. Sometimes I do clasp my hands. Some times I curl up on the couch and lean against the cushions, imagining that I am leaning into God's comforting and reassuring embrace. A lot of the time I do some of my most intimate praying while I am walking.
But, usually I do stand with my hands either clasped or open. Usually open especially when I pray the Our Father.
The way I see it is God is so much more than a Heavenly Monarch and King. He is also my Father, Brother, and Savior and every time life does bring me to my knees at His feet He always finds a way to reassure me and helps me get back on my feet again.
I do not know if there really is a "set rule." This is just how I pray and if it is wrong someday I am sure God will let me know....
All I do know is I tend to go with the form, that in the moment, keeps my heart, mind, and soul open and focused on only God. Nothing else.