One of the reasons we're so worn out from life is that our knees aren't! As British hymnist William Cowper wrote, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees."
Of course we don't have to kneel to pray. The Bible describes many postures for prayer. Jesus, for instance, stood and prayed with His eyes lifted to heaven. In Gethsemane He fell prostrate. In 1 Chronicles 17:16, David sat before the Lord in prayer. Sometimes Bible heroes prayed while lying on their beds or, as the disciples did with Jesus, while walking along the road.
No specific posture is required for effective prayer, but each possible posture conveys a different prayer attitude. Standing implies a certain boldness. Walking conveys a sense of fellowship. Sitting before the Lord implies a down-to-earth businesslike approach. And kneeling represents submission, earnestness, and yielded-ness.
Hudson Taylor challenged Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth as they began their pioneer ministry in China: “You must move forward on your knees."
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his studies on the Sermon on the Mount: "Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul. Man is at his greatest and highest when, upon his knees, he comes face to face with God."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote, "If I cannot rise upon the knees of my body because I am so weak, my prayers from my bed shall be on their knees, my heart shall be on its knees, and pray as acceptably as aforetime."
The late Gypsy Smith told of the conversion of his Uncle Rodney. Among gypsies, it was not considered proper for children to address their elders unless spoken to, so young Gypsy prayed and waited for an opportunity. One day the boy's uncle took note of Gypsy's worn trousers. "Laddie," said Uncle Rodney, "how do you account for the fact that the knees of your trousers have worn nearly through, while the rest of the suit is almost like new?" The boy answered, "I have worn the knees through praying for you. Uncle Rodney." Then he added with tears, "I want so much to have God make you a Christian!" Uncle Rodney put his arm around Gypsy in a fatherly embrace, and a few moments later, he fell on his knees, confessing Christ as his Savior.
In prayer it’s great to have good habits, high hopes and passionate zeal. But nothing can replace humble hearts, bent knees and worn out pants.
“Sometimes we must weep with those who weep before we can tell them that it’s okay.”
The way to avoid thinking “Oops!” after we speak is to speak the wisdom of God, not the advice of man. We should ask the Lord to give us from Isaiah 50:4, “… the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:…”
True repentance always causes a change of direction. When we confess our sins, we’re admitting them and accepting responsibility. When we repent, we’re changing direction. It’s important to do both, for as someone said, “Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet: they cannot live together in harmony.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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