One of my favorite paintings is the one of Christ kneeling in prayer by a rock in the Garden of Gethsemane. That memory is recorded in Luke 22:41. It is important for us to understand the need to kneel as I believe it goes hand in hand with God’s blessing. In fact the Hebrew word for blessing comes from the word which means ‘to kneel’.
Christianity adopted the practice of kneeling in prayer from Judaism. Today not only do few people pray as we once did but kneeling is rarely seen unless at the communion rail in church.
Judaism speaks the words “we bend the knee” in the words of what they call their Aleinu or synagogue prayer spoken at Rosh Hoshanah and Yom-Kippur. Otherwise kneeling is felt to be a Christian tradition. Truth is that it comes out of the historic Judaic culture such as shared in Psalm 95:6 and other passages as well.
To kneel is to worship and careful we must be before we kneel as it must be before the one and only true God and Lord of us all. I have often wondered if modern day terrorists don’t have this in mind forcing captives to kneel before ending the captives lives. Emblematic of their kneeling before the false god to which the terrorists pledge their allegiance.
Kneeling in prayer is certainly important. Paul before leaving Ephesus ended his worship experience with his fellow believers on his knees (Acts 20:36). Knowing all this I believe it is now time we all KNEEL DOWN!!
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Our King Jehovah needs to see our knee bowed in prayer.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Luke 22:41 “Christ our example”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I kneel before You.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- Have you ever knelt in prayer and why or why not?
- Would you kneel before a terrorist voluntarily knowing its symbolism?
- Is kneeling important to true worship and why or why not?
- Will you kneel today in prayer?