In the football matches this weekend and the marches in various cities of the UK people took the knee. In honour of how a man was killed they take the knee.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray … (Ephesians 3:14-15)
The Church needs to bow the knee today before the only One who can help this world.
Paul who has been given revelation of the equality found in the new family of God bows the knee and so must we.
My Father, I refresh myself only so that I can serve you, I rest only so that I am ready when I call, I renew with my eyes still focused on the purpose of my life, so I kneel in readiness of your call (Judges 7:6 “Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink”)
My Father, before I encourage others to be dedicated to you I do so myself. I look at what I have built and I bring it all to you. I have no answers to the disunity around me; I don’t know why the Church becomes defeated; I am powerless when heaven is closed or when famine and plagues come on the land; I have no guarantees for success and I don’t know what to do with the sin that deeply impacts; but I need you to see me, I need your eyes on me, so I kneel in my prayers to you. (1 Kings 8:54 “When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven”)
My Father, I cannot see the purity of your Church anymore. All I see are the double-standards. Racism, discrimination and tribalism are all around and arguments rise against each other. The burden is great, the sin too shameful to raise my head, we carry the guilt of our ancestors and we ourselves are no better today, so I kneel before you in surrender. (Ezra 9:5 “Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the Lord my God”)
My Father, the enemy of my soul will do all he can to stop me praying to you; through distraction and diversion and deliberate actions. So I am determined to continue. I will do so publicly. I am not embarrassed or afraid to do so. So I will put into the diary of my life, time with you. I schedule YOU so that no one can disturb us and so I kneel before you because you are all important to me. (Daniel 6:10“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before”)
My Father, I stand in this garden crushed by the solitude and the loneliness in my soul. I drop to my knees under the weight of the burden you are asking me to carry. But this is your will for my life and so I kneel in complete surrender. ((Luke 22:41 “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed”)
So I kneel …