“Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’ Luke 22:41.”
“Where have our brethren obtained the idea that they should stand upon their feet when praying to God?”
“Do not stand up in your Pharisaism and offer your prayers to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often bow down on your knees before God, and worship Him.”
My answer to the question is Yes and No. There are numerous examples of people in the Bible who knelt when they’re praying.
Kneeling down is a the natural position when praying. As defined in my previous post, reverence in having a sense of God’s holiness. To have this sense would be enough to bow our knees if we could and if there are no other reasons not to kneel.
Pharisees in Jesus’ time loves to stand and pray aloud in places where a lot of people could see them. Jesus, on the other hand, withdraw Himself from the multitudes and seek solitary places to pray on His knees.
We need to kneel when in:
- Private and personal prayers
- Small groups or Bible studies at home
- Church services
- When we are able to kneel
Let us always learn from our Bible heroes and from our greatest example, Jesus. Bowing our knees is a privilege and should be natural for us when we approach the Majesty of heaven.
We need NOT to kneel when:
- Having business transactions
- Transit or inside a vehicle
- Walking or on the street
- Working outdoors
- Sick or unable to move
- Health problems that may cause pain or discomfort (especially for elderly people)
- Public or crowded places
“We cannot always be on our knees in prayer, but the way to the mercy-seat is always open. While engaged in active labor, we may ask for help; …The Christian can and will find time to pray. ” ~~ Counsels on Health, p423, 424
Although kneeling is the appropriate position when praying, there are circumstances that is just impossible for us to kneel. But it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for us to pray.
“Pray without ceasing…”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Otherwise indicated, all quotes are from, Power of Prayer, by EGW.