Why we started praying on our knees
Prayer on our knees is something my husband has requested of our family. Why?
We as adults know that God is to be revered, feared and respected-we get it. We know what God means to us, but do we exemplify it? Do our children know that how we feel about God is different from what we’re showing them (or not showing in this case)? No, they don’t! “We have hard wood floors”- “we’re tired”-“we don’t feel like it”-“God knows how we really feel”. With all of the excuses, we send a message to our children that we just don’t care enough. We have chosen to live a life that at times means sacrifice. But if we’re not even willing to be uncomfortable for a few minutes in our own home, then what are we saying about how we should conduct ourselves in the harsh climate of the outside world?
To us, kneeling (bowing down) is saying “I honor you, I respect you, you hold me in the palm of your hand, and I trust you. I humble myself to you in worship”. It’s an outward expression of our heart towards God’s grace, wisdom and power.
I think we do a lot of watering down for the kids, so they can understand God and Jesus in a way that’s easy for them-and that’s a good thing. We want them to know God is accessible.But there are some things that shouldn’t be watering down. Like, that He’s God, the creator of the universe! There should be respect and fear for that. Not a fear of what He’s going to do us, but a fear of knowing that all control is in His hands. He’s the owner of everything. Even your next breath is in His hands. I’m talking about healthy fear that helps us to stay in line with Gods word. The Hebrew and Greek, when speaking of the “fear” of the Lord, translate it as a concept that goes hand in hand with respect. A fear that one might have towards their own parents. A fear that reminds us, “I shouldn’t run in the street”. First, because my parents told me not to. Second, comes the recognition that my parents told me not to because it could hurt me. These patterns of rules and expectations (and consequences if the rules are broken) set up trust, and with trust comes the realization that I don’t always have to know why, I just need to trust there’s good reason for the rule. That’s the fear/respect we’re talking about here.
We should walk in the ways of God’s Word; there is where we’ll find rest. Not find rest first, and then wiggle Gods word into our rest so it fits comfortably. Kneeling in prayer is a practice that we’ve forgotten. Personally, I know that the thought of “bowing down” has become twisted. We’re taught that we shouldn’t bow down to anyone. And while I do believe that, I also know that God is not just “anyone”. He is the “only one” we should bow to. That’s what we’ll be teaching our children.
Share your thoughts with me. I’m always curious to hear other perspectives. What do you think?