A lot of people believe they're Christians, but if you ask, "Are you a disciple?" they're kind of fuzzy on that. In the New Testament, people weren't fuzzy. When Jesus was around, their way of life was literally and physically to follow him and learn from him how to pray and how to grow and how to relate to other people.
Jesus himself was a person of immense prayer from 40 days of prayer at the beginning of his ministry to a final night in prayer before his death. When we pray, very often it's with heads bowed and eyes closed. That's actually not the normal posture for prayer in the Bible. It's okay, but it's not what characters in Scripture usually did when they prayed. Some say it was mostly invented (heads bowed and eyes closed) by A Sunday school teachers to make antsy little kids settle down.
When Jesus prayed for instance for his friend Lazarus, we're told that Jesus looked up and said, "Father, thank you that you've heard me." In his last great prayer with his disciples, the text says Jesus lifted his eyes toward heaven and prayed. I think Jesus often looked up physically when he prayed because in prayer we live again in the elevated vision of God's power and God's presence and God's goodness, and here's the choice we're faced with over and over by prayer.
I can live without God. I can look down at the size of my problems, the smallness of my capability, my uncertainty about tomorrow, the fear in my heart, or I can look up at the size of my God, at the greatness of his abundance, at the promise that he holds tomorrow in the palm of his hand, at the offer he gives me of, Don't fear and don't be afraid, because I am with you. In prayer, I remember I can't, but he can. I think I'll let him.
After all prayer is not just positive thinking. Prayer is not whispering gentle wishes into the universe someplace. There is somebody on the throne, and that somebody is God, and our God is able, that's good news!
The word became flesh, so let’s get some skin in the game.