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Do You Have Dusty Knees?

Do You Have Dusty Knees?

by Brenda Wood

prayer-kneel

Dust always surprises me at the worst possible time. I’ve been living with it but didn’t realize it. Honestly, I hadn’t dusted in a while because everything looked okay to me. That’s because I never moved the mantel clock or the corner shelf stuff. I decided that if that dust didn’t bother me than I wouldn’t bother it.

Then the maintenance guy arrived to check out the fireplace for the winter. Of course he had to kneel on the hearth. When he got up…his knees were dusty and a knee size spot gleamed dust free on the hearth. Embarrassing or what!

How long has it been since we did some spiritual dusting? (tweetable)

When did we last pour our heart out to God? Are we thinking that if God doesn’t bother us, we won’t bother him?

When desperation hits us, we’ll be happy enough to get on our knees. (tweetable)

I have been driven many times to my knees, by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Wouldn’t it be polite to build a good relationship with Him long before we beg for help?

The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between our knees and the floor” (Pastor Charles F. Stanley).

Prayer:

Lord, forgive us for not taking time to get to know you. Thank you that you already know us so well, that you forgive us. So, God, while I am here…I’d like to tell you about………..

For Christ’s Sake. Amen

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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WHAT SHOULD BE OUR POSTURE WHEN WE PRAY?

What Should be Our Posture When We Pray?

by Janis Cox

Prayer

Kneeling to Pray

 

Sitting to Pray

Sitting to Pray

 

Standing to Pray

Standing to Pray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basically we have to be in some posture to pray –

“It is not possible for you to do a spiritual thing without doing a physical thing, and it is not possible for you to do a physical thing without doing a spiritual thing” (Rev. Ken Collins).

Standing:

If we check out Scripture we find Jehoshaphat speaking to God while standing.

“Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard” (2 Chronicles 20:5, NIV).

Jesus mentions praying while standing to His disciples.

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25, NIV),

When I am walking in the house, standing while blow drying my hair, walking outdoors – I can pray free flowing prayers. To me it is more like talking to a friend when I stand to pray. And when I dance or sing – I worship in prayer standing and moving.

Sitting or Lying Down:

According to Rev. Collins’ article we started sitting to pray when pews were invented in the Middle Ages.

When I sit to pray or lie down I associate a close link with God – I am comfortable, and longing for Him. This is my time to meditate on all His attributes before I start to pray. I can also listen to God the best in this position. I think because I have slowed down my body, my mind can quieten and listen to God.

Kneeling or Bowed Down:

There are many Scriptures where people are kneeling in prayer.

Paul is praying for the Ephesians and kneels to do so:

“For this reason I kneel before the Father” (Ephesians 3:14, NIV).

After talking to His disciples about temptation, Jesus kneels and asks to not be led into temptation:

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed” (Luke 22:41, NIV).

I find that I pray every morning on my knees as I petition for my family. I feel a deep respect in this position for the Lord’s power and strength.

These are my thoughts on positions for prayer. Have you any other ideas? Thoughts?

What is most important is that we do talk to God.(tweet this)

So whatever position you are in – talk to Him.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.