[CF Devotionals] 2017-08-11 - The Knees Have It

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When Paul thought about the Lord's power and knowledge, he fell on his knees and prayed.

"When I think of the wisdom and scope of his plan, I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God–some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth–that out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit." (Ephesians 3:14-16 TLB)

I grew up attending a traditional church. During each service, the congregation was expected to pray at their pew's prayer bench. I recall using the burgundy-colored padding and the squeaking some kneeling bars made. I don't remember any exact prayers I said kneeling, I am sure all were geared around getting good grades or not being embarrassed in school. Today many churches forgo kneeling at your seat, but in Bible times many significant figures prayed at the knee.

  • Daniel prayed three times a day on his knees. (Daniel 6:10)
  • Martyr Stephen fell on his knees and talked to God before he died. (Acts 7:60)
  • Peter knelt down and prayed for deceased Tabitha and she returned to life. (Acts 9:40)
  • Solomon prayed on his knees with his hands outstretched to Heaven. (1 Kings 8:54-55)
  • Embarrassed Ezra fell to his knees and lifted his hands to the Lord. (Ezra 9:5)
  • In the sanctuary, David prayed on his knees. (Psalm 68:35)
  • The last time they saw each other, Paul and his disciples knelt and prayed together. (Acts 20:36)

Our prayer position in itself, can be an act of worship. Kneeling is a way of humbling ourselves before the Lord. We acknowledge His sovereignty as we are prostrate before Him. Whether standing, sitting, or kneeling, the most important part is that we communicate with God. Talking to the Lord frees us from worry and indecision.

Lord, There are so many ways to show You I care. Thank You that I can pray to share what's on my mind and also show my humanness knelt before You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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