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00424 - On Our Knees

Praying on our knees with closed eyes is a physical expression of reverence, humility, and focus. While this position is not a biblical mandate, it symbolises our recognition of God's divine supremacy and submission to His will.

The Bible often depicts individuals kneeling in prayer, such as in Ephesians 3:14, where Paul writes, "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV) Kneeling is a sign of humility, demonstrating our acknowledgement of God's authority over our lives.

Closing our eyes, on the other hand, isn't explicitly mentioned in the Bible, but it helps us to concentrate and avoid distractions during prayer. It can foster a deeper connection with God, enabling us to focus inwardly on our conversation with Him rather than being drawn to the ever-ready distractions of life in our environment. Doing both helps us focus on God, not everything else.

Quote When we humble ourselves before God, we submit to His will.


Lord, I come to You and submit my will to Yours. Teach me how to pray. Amen.

Action Point

Praying on our knees with our eyes closed is a forgotten expression of prayer; try it for a week.

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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