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Old 06-26-2007, 07:56 AM
 
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Default What does the bible say about prayer?

Does the bible specify that when we pray we should be on our knees? Is there any significance to being on our knees. My husband was taught by his mother to kneel at his bedside when he said his evening prayers. Mine would just stand by my bed while I prayed laying down. My husband also said that when he was a child and when wake up early, he would find his grandfather in the kitchen on his knees praying.

I know that in my darkest hours, I have fallen to my knees in prayer. (During the 9/11 attacks my husband and I knelled together in our living room and prayed.) I guess the reason for the question is that since marrying my husband, I have felt some guilt in my heart when I climb my tired self into bed and pray. (I think that statement in itself answers my question.) I feel that I am not showing God the respect that he deserves. I have even been known to climb out of bed and kneel.

Any thoughts. Can you quote specific Bible verses for me?

Thanks,
Weather...
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:07 AM
 
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I can def relate to the need to physically get out of bed to get on my knees and pray and not just to lay there and pray. Maybe, IMHO, its an act of humbling oneself before God in pray, IDk but I def have felt like in some cases when I prayed I needed to be on my knees, face down. Its referenced in the Bible, here is just one passage..


Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel 6:10


The saint who advances on his knees never retreats-The church has many organizers, but few agonizers; many who pay, but few who pray; many resters, but few wrestlers; many who are enterprising, but few who are interceding. People who are not praying are playing. Two prerequisites of dynamic Christian living are vision and passion, both of these are generated by prayer. The ministry of preaching is open to a few. The ministry of praying is open to every child of God. . . . Tithes may build the church, but tears will give it life. That is the difference between the modern church and the early church. Our emphasis is on paying, theirs was on praying. When we have paid, the place is taken. When they had prayed, the place was shaken (Acts 4:31). In the matter of effective praying, never have so many left so much to so few. Brethren, let us pray.{2}-Leonard Ravenhill
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:19 AM
 
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In Luke 22:41-42, Jesus Himself knelt on His knees to pray to God regarding the cup He would soon take. So if Jesus Himself bowed Himself down to pray, we should follow His example and do so ourselves. It is a sign of respect and honor to God when we do so.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:20 AM
 
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Default Postures of Prayer

Well, there are definitely times that I kneel in prayer and even times I have been prostrate on the floor with my face on the floor. I think these are postures of humility and sometimes brokenness. And I think humility is always a good thing.

But that said, and maybe I'm doing wrong here, , if I am planning to pray for an extended period of time, I sit in a chair. My husband has even had a chair he refers to as "his prayer chair." Again, maybe this is not correct, but I guess the way I see it is that if I am comforable physically, I can pray without distraction... again I'm speaking of periods of time that are more than just a few minutes. Maybe this is just a rationalization -I don't know, but this is what I do. Of course, I certainly have periods of time during the day when I pray silently as I go through my day in whatever situation I am in, but earlier, I'm referring to "set aside periods of prayer."

I suspect that God is mostly concerned that we DO pray!
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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There are no requirements of kneeling, we can talk to God anywhere at anytime. But there is something special about getting on your knees it seems to me. Like I am acknowledging the power of God, I know in my darkest moments when I pray I am on my knees. It doesn't make the prayer any more powerful but it seems out of reverence for who He is to me.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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Kneeling to pray - What is the significance?

Kneeling to pray has been practiced for centuries. Some of the questions that we may have in our minds about prayerful positions may be:

How kneeling to pray began?
Is kneeling required by God?
Can kneeling be found in the Bible?
Did Jesus ever kneel to pray?

One thought about the origin of kneeling to pray comes from the practice of kneeling before a king in petition for a request. This tradition was a symbol of humbleness and honor when coming before a king or ruler. In recognition and honor to God, it may have been the appropriate position to come before Him.

The Bible shows us many positions for prayer. We read in the Bible that Jesus did kneel when He prayed. Jesus was accompanied by His disciples as they prayed on the Mount of Olives. There were also times He prayed in a standing position as the disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Jesus instructed them in what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). “There he told them, ‘Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation.’ He walked away, about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed” (Luke 22:40-41).

Sometimes prayer is spontaneous and takes a variety of physical positions. All of these examples illustrate acceptable ways of prayer. Scripture commands us to proclaim God's greatness by means of our bodies. Here are a few additional examples of ways God is pleased with our worship.
Some danced and sang their prayers as Miriam did (Exodus 15:20).
The Israelites bowed their heads in gratitude and worship (Exodus 12:27).
Job fell to the ground to petition God (Job 1:20).
The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud shout (2 Chronicles 20:19).
“For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise!” (Psalm 47:1).
“Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Psalm 95:6).
“Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp” (Psalm 149:3). “So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy” (1 Timothy 2:8).
We see clapping, shouting, kneeling, dancing, playing instruments, standing in awe, raising hands, and lying down. Clearly all these actions are acceptable and appropriate in the worship of God. God is pleased and hears our prayers no matter how we pray. The important thing is that we come to Him in humbleness with a sincere heart and not in a showy fashion.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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Kneeling before God in my opinion is an act of humbleness
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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I wanted to say thank you to everyone for their responses. IBCwife, thank you so much for so many Biblical examples of how to pray. Your words have brought me comfort.
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