Monday, June 28, 2010

Praying with Eyes Open

A few times that I've watched Matt Chandler preach, I've noticed that he often (or maybe always) prays with his eyes open. So as he's preparing to pray at the beginning or end of his sermon, rather than shut his eyes he is looking at his congregation as he prays.

This struck me as a bit odd, but I wonder if it should. Does anyone else regularly pray with your eyes open? What do you think of this practice? Are there any biblical statements about shutting our eyes when we pray?


  1. Good question. There is this verse...

    "After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you." (John 17:1).


  2. Meant to include this one too:

    So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. - John 11:41

  3. So does looking up mean that His eyes were open?