We cry out to God by lifting our eyes to the maker of the hills and NOT just the hills themselves. Where does our help comes from? It comes from our designer. The one who put our DNA, genes, and molecules together and knitted us in our mother’s womb. It comes from the one who said, let there be light! Then the moon and the stars and the sun began to dance in their orbit.
The significant of praying on our knees is to show reverence for God, although, as Christian, we do not necessarily have to always pray on our knees. It takes a life that is totally set aside and dedicated in wonder of His awe, to fall upon his/her knees when going before the King of kings, and Lord of lords in prayers.
From culture alone, we can tell that being on one’s knees is a sign of respect, honour and surrender… During war times, the enemy would go down on their knees as a sign of surrender. Greeting the elderly on your knees is often regarded as a sign of respect. Kneeling before a king or queen is a sign of respect & honour. And also, proposing marriage while on one’s knee is a sign of devotion.
We learn from people in the Bible, we learn from examples, from their sins, failures, repentance and their godly lives. But if we ever just learn from people and miss comprehending the character of God and what God wants us to know about Him in these stories then we miss everything.
(Revelation 5:8) The Angels and the Elders are holding golden bowls… What’s inside them? The prayers of the Saints. They are not clay jars, they are ‘Golden bowls’. This shows that God keeps our prayers in Golden bowls to show how much He values, loves and treasures them all.
Another reason why we should always pray is because even Christ Jesus, God the Son, during His darkness hours in His earthly form prayed to God the Father, and this prompted an Angel to come down from Heaven to strengthen Him (Luke 22:41-43).
“Tears are prayers too, they travel to God when we cannot speak.” – Psalm 56:8
As Christians, we are assured that the very same power that raised Christ from the grave lives in us, yet we can’t even rise up from our beds early in the morning to set aside much time in prayer before facing the day. Awake O you sleepers! Yet again, we can learn to model Christ Jesus who stayed the course. It was;
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
There is a saying “Persistence is like wrestling a Gorilla, you don’t give up when you’re tired, you only give up when that Gorilla is tired.” There is no place this persistence is most rewarding than on the knees of prayer, no battlefield victory is more certain than on the throne of Grace, no campaign where we are assured of strength, power, and ultimate triumph than in the prayer closet.
(Luke chapter 18) Jesus tells of the parable of the woman with a just cause and the unjust judge who at first refused to vindicate are just cause but eventually gave in because of her persistence wearing him out. How much more are we not going to vindicated by a just God when our cause is right or aligned with the will of God? Bold persistent prayer that is prayed according to the will of God will get God’s answer.
Every significant prayer in the Bible is always a specific prayer not ambiguous. How else will you know when God answers it? When Jesus said (in Matthew chapter 10:30) that the hairs on your head are counted, He does not mean that He simply knows how many, but when He says they are numbered, it means that He knows each hair that fell in the brush when you brushed your hair this morning. And if God is that specific in details with you, you need to be that specific in details with Him.
Don’t ever hesitate to pray specifically. When you are obeying God’s instruction manual – the Holy Bible, you will not ask for things that do not glorify God. When you are completing trusting in the sovereign plan and choice of God for your life, you are not going to be adamant that God must see it your way.
One of the saddest words in the entire Bible can be found in the book of Judges; it said of Samson that the power left him but he did not know it… This is a great reminder why we ought to always watch and pray without ceasing so that God’s power and glory can be manifested in our lives at all times.
You will find yourself praying without ceasing when your desire is to glorify God; Sync deeply in fellowship with God; Believing that God will meet all your needs; Seek God’s wisdom; Be delivered from temptation, worry and anxiety; Set free from the guilt of sin; Grow in Christ-likeness and become a fruitful believer.
If there is anything we should be praying for it is “Wisdom”, not worldly wisdom but “Godly wisdom”. Godly wisdom would help us see things from His perspective and we should seek His wisdom in everything, every decision and at every moment.
Prayer is NOT submitting your wish list to God but it is for reporting for duty in total surrender. Prayer is more than just a petition but also is an intercession on behalf of others. Prayer is submission, confession, praise and thanksgiving. You will start to understand your own motives in prayer if God answers your prayer specifically, then you had to give up that very thing He granted you when He answered your prayer. If you should forget everything in this post, please remember this above all else:
“God is no man’s debtor”
God does not owe us anything because in fact he already gave us everything we need. He gave us Himself, Christ Jesus, who did not count equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross to pay the ransom price for all our sins (Philippians 2).
God did NOT promise us that we will never ever have problems, trials, difficulties, illnesses, sickness and diseases in this life. But he PROMISED to be with us in the midst of it all until He calls us home, and that we can know when we cry out to Him.
Though your rivers may be running dry, God oceans are not. Though your star may be hiding from view, remember this is the time the heavenly sun shines brighter. Money would have wings and fly, friends are going to get tired of you and leave you, families would let you down, jobs would be lost but ALL of the Lord remains forever.
Our power and strength is in the Lord and not in our success, net worth statement, or savings. God’s security and strength abides forever, God’s stability is immovable, God’s comfort is not seasonal, God’s power in unconquerable, God’s love is unaffected, God’s compassion is inexhaustible, God’s shield is imperishable, God’s peace is unexplainable.
God never saved Daniel out of the den of the Lions, but he went in there ahead of him and zipped the mouth of those lions. God never kept Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fiery furnace, but he went in there and walked with them and turned the fiery furnace into a beautiful garden. When we give up the illusion of safety for the promise of security, we can be assured in Christ alone that we have Possession that is unfading; Promise that is unfailing; Power that cannot be defeated; and a Provider who is limitless.
To pray rightly is to pray for God to manifest His Glory and Power in our lives. No other cry have I, than to know You more and lift You high, O God of infinite glory.