On My Knees

For the past few months I have been going into our nursery every day and praying on my knees. It’s such a special time to pray for our future children and pray over the room where our babies will sleep.

When Colby lived in Georgia last year, I would start every day on my knees (I would literally roll right out of bed, straight to the floor), but when he moved back, I got out of the habit.

A few months ago, I realized I missed that time with the Lord, so one day I decided to go into the nursery and get on my knees. Why do I pray on my knees? I’m not doing this because I think it’s going to get God’s attention or get my prayer answered any quicker than if I were in the check out line at a grocery store saying a prayer. I do this because it shows a position of respect, fear, and reverence for the Lord. It demonstrates humility and desperate dependence on Him.  All throughout the bible there are different positions of prayer, so praying on our knees isn’t any better than standing up or sitting down, but Jesus modeled how to pray in Luke 22:41, “And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed.”  Remember that when we pray, it’s not the position of our body that matters, but what matters to God is the condition of our heart.

Often we think of people getting on their knees when they are their weakest point in life. I think the cool thing for me right now, is I feel at the strongest point in my faith. The thing I hate to I hear people say is “all I could do was pray”. Shouldn’t that be the first thing you do? What if instead of just getting on our knees when we are desperate, we started every day like that?

Samuel Chadwick said, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we go to our knees in prayer.” I love this quote. There is nothing I like more than hearing that the devil trembles and he does that when we are on our knees for the Lord.

“Prayer does not change the purpose of God, but prayer does change the action of God.” Chuck Smith

I love this picture below. I’ve been convicted to always open my hands when praying. I do this because I’m waiting to receive from the Lord. I am waiting very expectantly, with my hands wide open for His blessings to rain down upon us!

On My Knees

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26 Comments
  • Amy
    Posted at 04:49h, 20 November Reply

    This is such a great idea, to pray in the nursery even before your baby arrives! What a special time!

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 06:35h, 20 November Reply

    I love this. Charles Stanley was just talking about this last weekend in his televised sermon…how getting on our knees shows reverence to God, and He deserves to receive that kind of respect! I went straight to my bedroom, got on my knees, and prayed! I need to do it every day in a more organized fashion, instead of just standing at my kitchen counter, so thank you for this reminder.

  • dspence
    Posted at 08:15h, 20 November Reply

    What a special way to pray over your children!

  • Mrs. Lost
    Posted at 08:27h, 20 November Reply

    So many true points… And I love Samuel Chadwick’s quote!

  • erin
    Posted at 08:44h, 20 November Reply

    Amen sister. I love your heart and I love what HE is doing in and through you! AMEN!

  • aubrey
    Posted at 08:46h, 20 November Reply

    love the idea of praying with your hands open <3

  • Whitney
    Posted at 08:53h, 20 November Reply

    It takes great faith to pray daily. Faith is the enemy of Satan, he doesn’t want us to feel hopeful, but doubtful.
    Prayer always gives me hope for better things to come, thank you for encouraging me today to keep praying!

  • Amie
    Posted at 09:47h, 20 November Reply

    I love the idea of praying with your hands open. I’ve never thought of this before.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 10:04h, 20 November Reply

    i am convinced at this point that we are twins! I have been reading Joyce Meyers “The Battle is the Lords” and she talks a lot about praying on our knees and different people in the Bible who did and how victorious they were in their life. I was meaning to write a blog on it but I think you did a god job 🙂 xoxoxo

  • Katie
    Posted at 12:43h, 20 November Reply

    Wow! I LOVE this post. Everything you have said is so true, yet many times, we continue to do the same things over and over. I like the idea of praying with open hands because then we are accepting God into our hearts. Beautiful post!

  • This Child's Mom
    Posted at 13:51h, 20 November Reply

    I love this! It really spoke to me. I have a room picked out that I hope will one day be our nursery, and I think I will start doing this. I don’t get on my knees when praying very often… I think that will change too.

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:56h, 20 November Reply

    This is so great! Open handed on your knees… I feel like that shows God just so much respect and openness. A wonderful practice to start for sure.

  • Em
    Posted at 14:26h, 20 November Reply

    I just love that quote about Satan mocking our wisdom and toil but fearing our prayer. Wow. That is so cool and so powerful. Thanks so much for this excellent post. What an important reminder. You’ve sent my right off of my computer and into my devotional time.

  • Charity
    Posted at 21:10h, 20 November Reply

    This is a wonderful reminder to take time out to pray to God and show him that we revere him. Most times when I pray I am either sitting or laying flat on my face. Weird I know!! I want to be more intentional about showing God that I respect him and that he is my King. Oh and I totally love that you go into the nursery to pray. I really like the symbolism of that picture, being open to receive God’s abundant blessings. My life has been turned around by prayer but I could stand to do it more. I used to only pray when things were rough, but I have learned that God want to be apart of all the things in my life not just when I feel I need him. So I try to keep the lines of communication open praying to him often. That’s how I finally ended up falling asleep last night lol.

  • Isabelle
    Posted at 22:55h, 20 November Reply

    Love this girl. Yes praying should be the first thing we do instead of the last resort. We pray kneeling at BSF and it helps me focus on the time we communicate with God.

  • Jennifer T.
    Posted at 23:17h, 20 November Reply

    What a beautiful picture of the man praying! Thank you for the reminder of why we pray on our knees.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 10:46h, 21 November Reply

    I love this post! You are such an inspiration!

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 12:55h, 21 November Reply

    Thanks for this reminder! What a conviction…you really convicted me to do the same today and wake up and immediately get on my knees. What a sweet time with The Lord!!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:17h, 21 November Reply

    Hi from ICLW. Praying always makes me feel so much better even when I end up crying after praying.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 15:14h, 21 November Reply

    Hi from ICLW! I think it’s great you can find comfort in your faith.

  • Lisa {Amateur Nester}
    Posted at 21:41h, 21 November Reply

    What a great idea to pray in the nursery. I generally avoid going in the room that will be our nursery because it makes me feel bad. But if there is a way to overcome that, it would definitely be getting on my knees.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 18:15h, 23 November Reply

    I loved this! My husband and I used to pray in our nursery when we were struggling to conceive. It helped us so much! And now that God has answered our prayers we have daily Bible and prayer time with our children. I love seeing my daughter with her head bowed and hands folded in prayer in the exact same spot that I used to kneel and pray for my future children. There’s no better way to start your day than with prayer and the word!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 19:21h, 24 November Reply

    i am so glad I came across your blog! I am also in Dallas and have been on the fertility journey since 2012. I just love this post on prayer. You have such a gift for writing and I know God was honored through this post!

    Ashley
    Man and Wife and Two Fur Babies

  • Finley
    Posted at 03:10h, 26 November Reply

    yes needed to hear this!!!!! Especially the Samuel Chadwick quote. I need to keep hearing that when I make that choice to not pray….because every time I get distracted I make that choice to not pray to the Lord – something I so need to work on lately when times get rough. xxx

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