Knowing that I was going to be writing about other prayer positions- kneeling, sitting and standing, I have been struggling myself to try new ways to energize my prayer time. I can’t say I’ve been 100% effective but at least I am trying! Since I write in a prayer journal, I thought I needed to be sitting but I discovered that I could write while kneeling. It helps me focus more on the petitions, but I don’t want it to become rote so I try to vary things from day to day. I even went on a prayer walk but found that hard to concentrate on what I was doing- more about that later.
Kneeling is found many times in both the Old and New Testaments. Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel learned that a the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” Kneeling was also Jesus’ choice in Luke 22:40-41 “On reaching the place, he said to them. “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayer.” We also see New Testament Christians praying with the Apostles in Acts 21:4-5 “Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.” Kneeling is a position that you can do on your own or as a group.
Why kneel? In all these cases, it would seem the person or group needed to really focus on communicating with Almighty God. Kneeling has always been a position that shows humility towards God and dependence upon God. What situations drive you to your knees? Do you use the excuse- I can’t because it hurts my knees, it hurts my back or is that just a cover for your willfulness and lack of humility? I find praying on my knees difficult and painful. If I lean on a chair to take the pressure off my back it is doable. So then it becomes a matter of willfulness and lack of humility. I am going to make a concerted effort to spend more time on my knees and allow myself to seek God’s presence from a position that causes me some discomfort. How about you? Will you try going to your knees?
Let me know how God blesses your time on your knees.