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GOD ANSWERS HIS KNEE-MAIL

By Cindy Rooy

 

            Two images have never left my memory. The first is seeing my father on his knees beside his bed, head bowed, and praying with emotion in the middle of the night. The second is observing a man – over 90 years old – gladly kneel, but with difficulty, to pray at a community gathering. The time of day and one’s age are no longer an excuse. Are we too proud, lazy, or indifferent to kneel before the Lord?

            I felt God’s nudging to make prayer an active part of my morning. That meant pulling away from my memory foam bed and pillow, and literally getting on my knees. I was willing to demonstrate a submissive spirit, but after four surgeries, any pressure on what used to be my right kneecap brought tears. Not liking the idea of getting up earlier, and wanting confirmation from God that He wanted me to do this, I asked Him to be my alarm clock. Not only did He give me divine wake-up calls precisely at the requested time, He wouldn’t let me fall back to sleep. After a week of kneeling in early-morning prayer, God took away all of my knee pain.

            When we submit to Him, God rewards us. And He answers our knee-mail. Kneeling represents submission and humbling oneself, and that puts our thoughts and attitudes in the right perspective as we come before God with our praise, confession, gratitude, and requests.

            How often do we humble ourselves before the Lord? Do we consciously note that He is holy and we are not? The Lord told Isaiah, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit” (Isaiah 66:2). Peter and James quote Solomon’s proverb, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” They add that we are to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand (1Peter 5:5-6), and submit ourselves to God (James 4:6-7).  

            The Bible gives a detailed account that a leper, synagogue ruler, Canaanite woman, and father of a demon-possessed son had knelt before Jesus with their request. A punishable decree did not stop Daniel from getting down on his knees 3 times a day to pray. Paul informed his readers that he knelt before the Father in his prayers. It didn’t matter where, for Paul, along with the disciples and their families, prayed while kneeling on a beach. Even Jesus knelt in prayer to His Father in heaven. There is a spiritual correlation between humility, submissiveness, and kneeling in prayer. David advises us to, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker” (Psalm 95:6).

            Jesus humbled Himself to be obedient to death on a cross, and God exalted Him so that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:8-11). We can do that now, and put into practice what we learn from the Bible. Let’s humble ourselves in submission to God, kneel in prayer, and notice a difference in our attitude, prayers, and God’s response.

 

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