Pictures of prayer

What are some pictures that we typically use for prayer? An open receiving hand? Someone kneeling at the bedside with clasped hands, closed eyes and an earnest look?

I recently came across this one which I thought was so sweet.

Child and dog praying


But, however sweet, this image doesn’t help build my faith that Abba God will grant me my prayers.

The most common image of prayer of supplication is the open receiving hand. It is a symbol of attentiveness and of waiting. The hands is open and empty, waiting for God to fill it up.


Although it is true that answered prayers are given by God, is it possible to see prayer as being more pro-active? What other imagery could we use to describe or highlight prayer that are more active?

1. Picture of a storehouse

Is it possible for me to enter God’s storehouse and take the blessings that He has prepared for me?


Pastor Prince has preached before that God is happy when we take from Him. He is invigorated when He can provide for us. He was physically tired when he met the Samaritan woman. Yet after she received his message of salvation, he became so alert and told his disciples that he had food to eat that they know not of.


So, why can’t I be more pro-active and go take from Him. I close my eyes and imagine I have entered the storehouse of God Almighty. In it are rows and rows of blessings waiting for me. I stretched out my hands and take a box of blessings from the shelf and thank Abba God for it.