Leveraging our knees?

May 31, 2018

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? How often do we forget that the best prayer work comes when we leverage it from our knees, putting our spiritual backs into that stubborn problem?  

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

Life is tough sometimes. It’s easy to lose perspective on God’s grace when one bad thing after another seems to happen. This was the state of my mind recently as I wandered about the house on a Saturday looking for some task to lose myself in. Perhaps if I could get my mind off the things that weren’t working out, I could put my thoughts behind me. I roamed into the kitchen where my wife was busy cleaning something stuck to the floor; applying elbow grease and, from a kneeling position, leveraging her back strength on the stubborn mark. It struck me that I had often seen Holly get down on her knees to do that. I didn’t need some task to distract me. I needed to quit feeling sorry for myself and do what she was doing, getting the job done on my knees. 

 

How often we forget that the best prayer work comes when we leverage it from our knees, putting our spiritual backs into that stubborn problem. 

 

Here’s a story: An old well once stood outside the front door of a family farmhouse in New Hampshire. The water from the well was remarkably pure and cold. No matter how hot the summer or how severe the draught, the well was always a source of refreshment and joy. The years passed and eventually the farmhouse was modernized. Wiring brought electric lights, and indoor plumbing brought hot and cold running water. The old well was no longer needed, so it was sealed for use in possible future emergencies. But one day, years later, the owner had a hankering for the cold, pure water of his youth. So he unsealed the well and lowered a bucket for a taste of the delightful refreshment he remembered. He was shocked to discover that the well that once had survived the severest droughts was bone dry! Perplexed, he began to ask questions of the locals who knew about these kinds of things. He learned that wells of that sort were fed by hundreds of tiny underground rivulets that seep a steady flow of water. As long as the water is drawn out of the well, new water will flow in through the rivulets, keeping them open for more to flow. But when the water stops flowing, the rivulets clog and close up. The well dried up not because it was used too much, but because it wasn’t used enough! (Ben Patterson) 

 

Our souls are like that as well. If we don’t draw on the living water that Jesus promised would well up in us like a spring (John 7:38), our hearts close and dry up, and we find ourselves in a “dry season.” The consequence for not drinking deeply of God is to eventually lose the ability to drink at all. A life without prayer is its own punishment, its disease and its cause. When life gets tough, it’s time to consider leveraging the knee power God has built into every Christian. Get in the habit of using your knees to present yourself to the awesome God of the Universe. Soon you will be remembering that the kneeling part of prayer has had its purpose all along. It puts you in a mode to concentrate on what you have to say; allows a sense of humility to cloak you as this is the seasoning prayer requires; and it keeps the channels of your heart and brain exercised, so that your prayers can flow easily. Life can easily trip us up when we forget to pray in earnest, down on our knees. Besides, it’s hard to stumble when you are on your knees in the first place. 

  

We pray. Thank you Lord for providing us an ideal platform from which pleasing and seasoned prayer can be given to you. It’s so easy Lord to forget that prayer should often involve more than just our lips. Forgive us Lord when we rely on dart prayers and phrases that are appropriate for sometimes, but never useful for all times. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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God bless   you for Jesus sake.

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