Quiet Time Tips

Do I Have to Kneel to Pray?

May 24, 2017

There’s one praise song that makes me want to kneel every time I hear it. First stand, and then kneel. “The Great I Am” stirs my heart with so much love and respect for God that I want to get on my knees.


Is there a praise song that reminds you of how great God is? What is your response to it? Do you want to stand, raise your hands high, or kneel?


How about in your prayer time? Sometimes I become so overwhelmed with how loving God is, I just want to kneel to thank Him. Or when there is an urgent need, I want to kneel to show God how much I care about a friend and how much we desperately need His help. Or when I need to confess a sin that I know has grieved God’s heart, I want to kneel with my forehead touching the ground.  


Do we have to kneel when we pray? No.


Would it help? It just might.


There’s something powerful about demonstrating on the outside how much we love God on the inside. And how much we need Him. Kneeling can show God that we are humbly asking for His help or praising Him for who He is. God responds to the humble prayers of His children, and He helps those who are dependent on Him (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 10:17, 25:9, 149:4; James 4:10).


The prophet Daniel knelt to pray so much in his lifetime that he probably needed knee pads. His custom was to pray to God three times a day (Daniel 6:10). Leaders who were jealous of Daniel’s high position wanted to arrest him for some wrongdoing, but they couldn’t find any. So they plotted to use Daniel’s devotion to God against him. They tricked the king into signing a decree that the people could pray to no one but the king. Daniel knew the new law, but he continued to pray to God. So the leaders had him arrested.


Daniel’s prayer life prepared him to face the lions that were supposed to kill him. He knew that he could trust God to protect him or to use his life as a witness for Himself. God did both.


Through prayer after prayer, Daniel showed his devotion to God, his dependence on Him, and his humility before him. God blessed him with supernatural wisdom and the chance to point people to the one true God. 


This world is a foreign kingdom, and lions don’t stay in pits anymore. Maybe we should invest in some knee pads.






Katy Kauffman – Quiet Time Tips: Delighting in God and His Word
Katy Kauffman believes that spending time with God makes all the difference in our Christian lives. She spent her teen years pursuing her dream—to be a Bible study teacher. Today, she is the co-founder of a Bible study ministry, an award-winning author, and an editor and a designer of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. Connect with her more at her blog, Life with God.

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