It’s The Knees

Continue earnestly in prayer. —Colossians 4:2

Both of my knees were hurting, and I could not figure out why. I hadn’t done anything to damage them or put undo pressure on them.

Or had I? I recalled that over the previous few days I had been working on the walls in our house, scrubbing them and getting them ready for painting. And then I had painted them. All the while, as I stood on the short ladder to reach the top, I had been pressing my knees against the ladder for balance. I was, in effect, being supported by my knees.

Then a new thought came to mind: When was the last time my knees hurt because I was on them praying? It had been a while.

Although it’s true that people pray all the time without kneeling, the question I asked myself is a convicting one. Whether we are on our knees, standing up, or seated, how often do we use prayer to support ourselves? We can find help from many sources—friends, counselors, books—but there’s nothing better than the support and strength we get from God when we pray.

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Prayer has power. We are to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant” (Colossians 4:2).

How are your knees?

Dave Branon

When I kneel before my Master,
  I can feel His presence there,
And the load of care and sorrow
Seems much easier to bear.

Anon

Prayer does not require eloquence but earnestness.

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