Kneeling

“Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” —Psalm 95:6

I grew up in a little congregation where they read the Gospel, sang hymns from the heart, and kneeled in prayer.  Sunday worship was serious business and I learned as a child what it means to bend my knee before the Lord.

Obviously, God listens whether His people pray standing, sitting, or lying prostrate. So what’s my point about kneeling? I wish I could do it. Being paralyzed, it’s impossible for me to kneel for prayer.

Once at a convention, the speaker closed his message by asking everyone in the room to kneel on the floor for prayer. All five hundred people got on their knees. All except me. I cried, not because I felt awkward but because I was struck with the beauty of seeing so many people bow in worship. I breathed a prayer: “Lord Jesus, I can’t wait for the day when I will rise up on resurrected legs. The first thing I will then do is to drop on grateful, glorified knees.”

On the day I receive my new body, I’m sure my Lord will be delighted to watch me stretch glorified muscles and dance on tiptoe. But there’s something I plan to do that may please Him more. I will kneel. To not move will be my demonstration of heartfelt thanks for the grace He gave those many years when my legs and hands were paralyzed. It will be my sacrifice of praise.

Today, do what so many who are paralyzed, or too lame, or old can’t do. Read Psalm 95:6 and take its advice, and when you kneel in prayer, be grateful for knees that bend to the will of God.

I bow before You, Lord, in submission to Your will. And when I rise from my knees, may I serve You wholeheartedly.

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