“When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven.” (1 Kings 8:54,)
Solomon, in a time of intense prayer, fell to his knees. In a time of intense praise, he stood with hands raised toward heaven.
The New Testament teaches that we are to “present our bodies before God.” Most of us, however, are from a culture that is non-expressive in terms of body language for worship. We will stand, sit, and bow our head, but beyond that we do not feel comfortable with very much body movement in worship.
I think one of the greatest joys we miss out on in corporate worship is the humility and sincerity that comes from bowing. In most of our places of worship, there is no place to bow down. This is only a recent occurrence, as for the past 2,000 years, when houses of worship were built they had a “kneeling bench,” prayer rail, or other architectural aids to kneeling. I look forward to the day when, in my church, I am able to say “Let’s bow in prayer” and it will have more than a symbolic meaning!
Bow down to God in prayer today!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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