To Kneel or Not to Kneel in Prayer

For Fapstronauts of the Protestant Christian faith.

  1. Mr. McMarty

    Mr. McMarty Fapstronaut

    Psalm 95:6
    Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

    2 Chronicles 7:3
    All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, "Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting."

    Chronicles 29:29
    Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped.

    Isaiah 45:23
    "I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.

    Romans 14:11

    Psalm 22:29
    All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

    Philippians 2:9-11
    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Matthew 27:29
    And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

    Mark 5:6
    Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;

    Mark 10:17
    As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

    Luke 5:8
    But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!"

    2 Kings 1:13
    So he again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him and said to him, "O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.

    Matthew 18:26
    "So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.'

    Daniel 6:10
    Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

    Matthew 9:18
    While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live."

    Ephesians 3:14
    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

    1 Kings 8:54
    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.

    2 Chronicles 6:13
    Now Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

    Ezra 9:5
    But at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;

    Matthew 8:2
    And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."

    Matthew 15:25
    But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"

    Matthew 17:14
    When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying,

    Matthew 20:20
    Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.

    Luke 22:41
    And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,

    Acts 7:60
    Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he fell asleep.

    Acts 9:40
    But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

    Acts 20:36
    When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

    Acts 21:5
    When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.

    Genesis 30:3
    She said, "Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that through her I too may have children."

    Isaiah 66:12
    For thus says the LORD, "Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
    Judges 16:19
    She made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him.

    Acts 7:59
    They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"
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  2. Mr. McMarty

    Mr. McMarty Fapstronaut

    These are proof in my mind that the Bible implicitly teaches us to kneel in earnest prayer. I did so today, and I can tell you its different from sitting or standing. I feel better about myself. Is this a work, yes. But not work as a means of justification but of sanctification.
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  3. vxlccm

    vxlccm Fapstronaut

    Since kneeling helps earnestness, yes. If kneeling promotes resentment of physical pain, I'm not sure there is a special requirement. Meaning, if someone you want to pray with isn't familiar with this custom or it seems to cause questioning, then I think it can be as Paul describes whether or not to eat meat - not a thing and just roll with it and pray with them any way we can.

    I always kneel in prayer daily. Usually once for personal prayers and once for family prayer in the evening. We do it as a symbol in much the manner and reasoning as you have described.

    It is not a work, but a true symbol from the heart. We reverence our creator as He has given us everything we know in our existence.

    Honestly, a better question is the form of speech in prayer. We pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We do not pray to Mary or to any other being than our Father in Heaven, the father of our souls, and the Father of Jesus Christ, as per His teachings during his mortal life on earth.
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