Last Friday night we had dinner at Brix in Sunset Beach. Just Suzie, a couple with their 13 year old son and myself. The young man at our table was telling us about witnessing a wedding proposal from his beachfront home recently with the male getting down on his knees to pop the question. This story made me recall how I proposed to Suzie on the sands of Sunset Beach, CA also, almost 18 years ago, just behind Neptune’s Restaurant where we had met 18 months prior. I told of how on Christmas Eve, 1998, I did not want to get on my knees to ask Suzie to marry me and I didn’t. I told her and others that I did not want to have to beg for her to marry me as getting on my knees would signify to me. I then told them that now after 17 years of marriage with Suzie, knowing what I know now, “if I could turn-back time, and do it all over again, I would drop down on my knees and beg her to marry me”. I am so thankful for Suzie and have apologized for not getting down on my knees. I encourage all who are so blessed with popping the question, to make sure they get down on it.
Getting down on our knees can also have an amazing effect on our prayer life. When we submit to the Lord on our knees in prayer we take on a posture of complete surrender. We allow the strength and energy that we would normally use for balance and upright posture to be focused on the very awesomeness of God. To bow down before the great ‘I AM’ in humble submission is to fully present ourselves to be used by Him. As sure as we know that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord at our beginning of eternity after our death or at Christ’s return in the clouds, the practice of getting on our knees for prayer voluntarily in the here-n-now helps us to better prepare for that glorious day. It also helps us to feel God’s loving embrace as we truely submit to Him in fear and trembling at the throne of His all. Just as I encourage would-be-wedding-proposal-persons to get on their knees, a practice of praying on our knees should be part of all our lives also. My favorite place to pray on my knees is on the carpeted ground at the foot of my bed. I let my upper body/head rest on the bed. I usually pray something like this: “Lord God, thank You for taking care of all my needs that You know I have. Thank You for my grace and salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I am humbled and have fear of Your indescribable power and complete awesomeness. I realize that everything and anything is all part of Your perfect plan. Thank You for my faith and thank You Jesus for paying the penalty of my sin on the cross and conquering death for me with Your resurrection. Thank You Lord for Your promise to send Your Son Jesus back from heaven to usher us into Your eternal heavenly kingdom at Your perfect hour. Please help me to yield to Your Holy Spirit in all my doings. Please help me to do unto others as You would have me do to others. Thank You for anything and everything that I should be thankful for. The next time I thank You for all these things Lord, please help me to mean it just as much or more than I mean it now. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the Glory…forever and ever. Only by the name and trust in Jesus do I pray these things…amen.
On our knees in prayer, give it a try…you’ll be glad you did and so will He.View My Stats