Sadly, I did not record this in my live journal when it happened, but our pastor did pray a very strange way once. He had us pretend to hold onto our burdens (or was it distractions?) tightly. We were then to release them at a certain point in the prayer, actually physically do it. I was very uncomfortable with this. I found a similar reference to it in an online book linked here…
Here’s the similar event….
“In his book The Servant Leader, Blanchard and his co-author Phil Hodges placed great emphasis on the need for “solitude” and “silence” in order to “quietly receive what God reveals to you.” Invoking the cross and Psalm 46:10, they advised their readers to “Be still” and to move into the same meditative state of mind I practiced in the New Age.
If you are seated in a comfortable position, place your hands on your knees in a down position. If walking, visualize yourself in this position. In harmony with the position of your hands, mentally put down everything you are concerned about or expending energy in trying to manage or control at the foot of the cross. Be specific—name each burden as you put it down.
When you have exhausted your list, take a couple of deep breaths and turn your hands, physically and mentally, into an up position and quietly receive what God reveals to you.
Have no expectations or agenda for this time with God. Let it be His to fill.”