An “On My Knees” Attitude

Wednesday, November 29            

I have been concerned with my prayer life recently.  It has to do with the fact that I don’t pray enough.  And it’s not just how much I pray, or how I pray, but my attitude toward it.  According to dedicated prayer warriors, it should be an awesome encounter, a finite sinful creature in the presence of a holy and sovereign God.  And it should be a love relationship, something to be anticipated with joy and eagerness—like a person spending time with his fiancée—except that it would have more eternal ramifications.  Robert Murray McCheyne said “What a man is alone and on his knees before God, that he is, and no more.”  I’m not sure that I understand all that he meant by that statement, but I’m sure it includes the points mentioned above.  I don’t think the physical position of being on one’s knees is the issue, but it reflects the attitude of the pray-er in facing a holy God.  And that attitude would also shape the prayer itself.  McCheyne doesn’t specify what the results of such a prayer life would be, either, but it would have to include satisfaction, renewed trust in God, and a resolve to please God.  I want that kind of relationship with God, but do I want it enough to bring about a change?  I think God will have to have a hand in it.  It’s kind of like a paradox.  I need to pray that I will have a vital prayer life.

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2 Responses to An “On My Knees” Attitude

  1. Dan Smith says:

    Yes, I need to spend more time in prayer too.

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