Praise Him with My Body
Kneeling in Prayer – Part 1
Key Verse: Luke 22:41
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed
After reading our printed key verse, I hope you had time to read the suggested passages. They all have a common theme; do you see it? It was the posture in their prayers; they all knelt to pray! Jesus, Himself, withdrew from the others to be alone and knelt down to pray. In the other verses the apostles, along with other followers of Christ, knelt in prayer.
Why did Jesus and the early church practice this kneeling posture when they prayed? It is a posture of surrender. It is a posture of weakness; it is hard to fight back or resist anyone while we are on our knees. For example, when police make an arrest, they try to get the bad guys on their knees to handcuff them. When armies surrender to the victors, it is with hands up and on their knees.
When we go to God in prayer, what are the things that we talk to God about? I hope you make it a habit to start with praise. We should never take for granted all the things God did for us yesterday. Be sure to praise Him for granting you another day and every good thing in your life! Those words of praise are recognizing that you are indebted to God for the good things in your life. Kneeling before Him certainly is one way to show your dependence. (Continued)
Father, every good thing in my life, anything of lasting value, is a gift from you. I humbly give you all the credit and praise. In Jesus’ name, amen.