One of the most healthy daily rituals or life habits you can form is to kneel before the Lord daily. Each day, it is my habit to drop to my knees in prayer. The reason, I drop to my knees is it an excellent reminder who God is and who I am. It is perhaps the most sane and clarifying moment of my day. There, in submission before the Lord, I acknowledge that I’m not in control of life. I am not the master of the universe! I escape the illusion of today’s technological sirens, “You are in control.” There I move from the natural to the supernatural power released in prayer. I surrender my day, my relationships, and responsibilities to my heavenly Father. I ask for his guidance and good success. I remind myself “God is able!” (Ephesians 3:20)
Kneeling was not the typical way people prayed in the Bible. When people knelt in prayer it was usually for deep intercession, or in desperate need, and when they were overcome in awe of the presence of God. Kneeling was an act of surrender. This must have happened to Paul as he was contemplating all that Christ had accomplished for us when he died for our sins and God the Father raised him on the third day. Overcome he said, “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father.” (Ephesians 3:14)
When a man proposes to a woman, he drops to his knee and asks her to become his wife. Beyond that, we are not a nation of people who bow. We don’t bow before the President, or our bosses. As Protestants we don’t bow before bishops and popes. We kneel only to the Lord. Though we submit to one another, each of us stand or kneel as equals before the Lord. Each of us equally need his mercy and grace. Something powerful happens when we bow and present ourselves before the Lord daily.
James, the brother of Jesus, was nicknamed “Old Camel Knees,” he was so frequently in prayer for lost people to have their sins forgiven. His knees were calloused from kneeling long for so many days. (Source Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 2.23.4-8) His prayer life was probably one of the reasons the Jewish believers listened to him at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15. I want that kind of heart!
The Bible is clear that one day, “…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11 Let us pray daily for our friends who haven’t trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
Do you spend time kneeling before the Lord if you are physically able?Do you have a set time to meet the Lord in prayer?