Positions of Prayer – Part 4
Kneeling Before God
By Pastor Bill
In Philippians 2:10 we find that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow. This includes everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. What does it mean to bow the knee before God? In Romans 11:4, Paul quotes from 1 Kings 19 where Elijah is telling the Lord that the people of Israel have forsaken God, and that he is the only one left. The Lord tells him that he has kept 7,000 men who had not bowed the knee to Baal. The bowing of the knee to Baal implies surrendering their life to one who is greater in power and authority. This ties in with what Paul says in Philippians. God highly exalted Jesus and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. Jesus is the highest authority in heaven and earth, and because of that, every knee must bow before Him.
(Philippians 2:9-11) “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
We find a similar account in Genesis 41:42-44. Joseph was put over all of Egypt, and so everyone had to bow the knee to Joseph. “Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put the gold necklace around his neck. And he had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.””
In Romans 14:10-12 Paul tells us not to judge one another. He says that we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God, bow our knees before Him, and give account of ourselves. Again, we see that it is a response of humbling ourselves before a higher authority.
(Romans 14:10-12) “But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “as I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
In our worship and prayer times, it is good to bow our knees before God. It is good to confess Jesus as Lord with our mouths and through our position of kneeling before Him. It is good for us to surrender our lives to Him, who is the highest authority in heaven and on earth. It is good for us to live our lives as those who will one day bow our knees before God and give account for what we have said and done in our lives.
“Father, we want to be a people who honor and reverence You. We confess You as Lord of our lives, and Lord of East Mountain Vineyard. We bow our hearts, minds, and our knees before You. Amen.