A Position of Power
by Cynthia Myers
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand…”1 Peter 5:6 NIV
Throughout history, kneeling before one’s enemy is viewed as weakness. Kneeling or bowing is an admission that the opponent is the victor, and the one who bows is at the mercy of the stronger party. Frankly, kneeling makes a person physically vulnerable; it is difficult – not impossible – to defend one’s self while in this position.
Recently, I was reminded of the power of kneeling after the death of a precious child. Whether consciously or unconsciously, found myself kneeling by the bedside weeping in anguish. As I knelt, tears streamed down my face as I cried out to God trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. So many questions. So many tears.
As the days have turned to weeks, I began reflecting on the times when my grandparents and parents knelt by their bedsides in a similar fashion. In my younger years I would watch them in bemusement not understanding why they felt compelled to do this; now, I know. The untimely death of this sweet child led me back to a place where I can lay aside all pretense and approach God trusting in His mercy knowing that He can and will heal the hurt in my heart. What started out as a moment in time has rekindled in me the desire to remain close to God by revisiting the power of prayer while on my knees. It has become a spiritual and physical discipline.
In times of loss, some find themselves returning to the faith of parents, fore parents, and those who are now members of that “great cloud of witnesses.” These titans of the faith knew that humble submission is an action of worship and reverence. No, we don’t always need to kneel in order to pray, but there is something elemental and empowering about kneeling.