PRAYER WITH KNEES BENT!
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Psalm 95:6).
Here, David, the psalmist makes a call to the people of God. Yes, He chose you in Christ even before the genesis of the world. He called you by your name when you were in your mother’s womb. He gave you a nice opportunity for you to live in this world. So, bow and kneel before Him with all humbleness.
Secondly, bowing and kneeling before God indicates His magnificence and at the same time your humbleness. “For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised” (Psalm 96:4). “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain” (Psalm 48:1). If you have the vision that God is great, you will bow and kneel before Him with all humility. Even the huge problems in your life will begin to shrink and fade away.
Never visualise Christ as a child lying on the lap of Mary and one who is not big enough to help. He is glorious and mighty; creator of the universe. So, exalt Him as mighty; honour and glorify Him with all reverence.
When Jesus Christ was in this world, many people knelt and humbled before Him. “Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40). Then a man came running, knelt before Him and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17) God explained to him what he had to do. And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him knelt down and pleaded to have mercy on his son who was an epileptic (Mathew 17:14, 15). God healed him.
Jesus Christ is a model to us. He knelt before God the Father and prayed “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Look at the example of Jesus kneeling down for prayer.
Paul the Apostle also knelt down while praying to the Lord (Ephesians 3:14). In your prayer time also, humble yourself before God. Glorify and thank Him. On looking at your humility, he will exalt you and make you great. He gives grace to the humble.
To meditate: “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11).