THE ONLY WAY TO PRAY IN WORSHIP
"I have received letters questioning me in regard to the proper attitude to be taken by a person offering prayer to the Sovereign of the universe. Where have our brethren obtained the idea that they should stand upon their feet when praying to God? One who has been educated for about five years in Battle Creek was asked to lead in prayer before Sister White should speak to the people. But as I beheld him standing upright upon his feet while his lips were about to open in prayer to God, my soul was stirred within me to give him an open rebuke. Calling him by name, I said, 'Get down upon your knees.' This is the proper position always. . .
bow down in prayer to God is the proper attitude to occupy. . . Both in
public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees
before God when we offer our petitions to Him. This act shows our
dependence upon God." -2 Selected Messages? 311-312
The title is what this study is all about: Kneeling is the only proper way to pray, when you are worshiping God. You may think that is not true. But the facts, from God's Word, are clear and to the point.
this is one of the most forgotten truths today, yet one of the most
consistently shown in Scripture.
us be serious now: Do you really want to worship God? Are you really in
earnest about speaking with Him, doing His will, and going to heaven?
will say, "Ah, this is legalism!" Men may ridicule it as they
wish, but, frankly, do you really want to please God and worship Him the
way He told you to? Or do you want to do it your own way?
you are more intent on pleasing God than pleasing men, then you will
want to read this study. The facts are simple, direct, and to the point.
come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our
spite of the lax "do whatever you want" attitude of Western
civilization, throughout the world pagans worship their gods, either by
kneeling or falling on their faces. In Bible times, the people of God
did likewise. They were worshiping their Creator.
are told that we are always to kneel in prayer; we are also told that we
do not need to always kneel in prayer. We are also given examples of
both positions in prayer. Which is correct? How do we harmonize the
solution is quite simple, and it agrees with every statement in the
Bible and Spirit of Prophecy: When you are in an act of public, group,
family, or private worship of your Creator, you are to descend to your
knees when you pray to Him-unless it is not possible to do so or you are
physically incapable of it.
when you are not worshiping God, you do not need to kneel when you pray.
Many times throughout the day it is not practical or feasible to kneel
when sending up prayers of thanks or requests for help.
is a summary of the principle. Now let us examine the statements-and see
how they harmoniously agree with it:
let us look at the exceptions. There are times when you do not need to
kneel in prayer. You will notice that, in each such instance, God is not
being directly worshiped: (1) When we pray throughout the day as we go
about our work. (2) At mealtime, before we eat. (3) During a
consecration call at the close of a meeting. (4) As we lay in bed sick
or about to drift off to sleep. Other practical examples could be cited.
God's Word, we are repeatedly urged to pray frequently, even
unceasingly. But we need not be on our knees all day long. God never
called us to monasticism. We have a work to do for Him and others in
the home and in the community.
in His providence does not permit us to know the end from the beginning;
but He gives us the light of His Word to guide us as we pass along, and
bids us to keep our minds stayed upon Jesus. Wherever we are, whatever
our employment, our hearts are to be uplifted to God in prayer. This is
being instant in prayer. We need not wait until we can bow upon our
knees, before we pray. On one occasion, when Nehemiah came in before the
king, the king asked why he looked so sad, and what request he had to
make. But Nehemiah dared not answer at once. Important interests were at
fate of a nation hung upon the impression that should then be made upon
the monarch's mind; and Nehemiah darted up a prayer to the God of
heaven, before he dared to answer the king. The result was that he
obtained all that he asked or even desired."-3 Bible Commentary,
the work of heart-keeping we must be instant in prayer, unwearied in
petitioning the throne of grace for assistance. Those who take the name
of Christian should come to God in earnestness and humility, pleading
for help. The Saviour has told us to pray without ceasing. The Christian
cannot always be in the position of prayer, but his thoughts and desires
can always be upward. Our self-confidence would vanish, did we talk
less and pray more."-3 Bible Commentary, 1157/1:3.
way to the throne of God is always open. You cannot always be on your
knees in prayer, but your silent petitions may constantly ascend to God
for strength and guidance. When tempted, as you will be, you may flee to
the secret place of the Most High. His everlasting arms will be
underneath you."-Counsels on Health, 362:2.
cannot always be on our knees in prayer, but the way to the mercy seat
is always open. While engaged in active labor, we may ask for help; and
we are promised by One who will not deceive us, 'Ye shall receive.' The
Christian can and will find time to pray."-Counsels on Health,
reason why so many are left to themselves in places of temptation is
that they do not set the Lord always before them. When we permit our communion
with God to be broken, our defense is, departed from us. Not all your
good purposes and good intentions will enable you to withstand evil. You
must be men and women of prayer. Your petitions must not be faint,
occasional, and fitful, but earnest, persevering, and constant. It is
not always necessary to bow upon you knees in order to pray. Cultivate
the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are
walking, when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be
continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for
strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer."-Ministry of
in your closet, and as you go about your daily labor let your heart be
often uplifted to God. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. These
silent prayers rise like precious incense before the throne of grace.
Satan cannot overcome him whose heart is thus stayed upon God.
"-Steps to Christ, 98:3-99:0.
your good purposes and good intentions will not enable you to withstand
the test of temptation. You must be men of prayer. Your petitions must
be not faint, occasional, and fitful, but earnest, persevering, and
constant. It is not necessary to be alone, or to bow upon your knees, to
pray; but in the midst of your labor your souls may be often uplifted to
God, taking hold upon His strength; then you will be men of high and
holy purpose, of noble integrity, who will not for any consideration be
swayed from truth, right, and justice."-4 Testimonies, 542:3-543:0.
may speak with Jesus as we walk by the way, and He says, I am at thy
right hand. We may commune with God in our hearts; we may walk in
companionship with Christ. When engaged in our daily labor, we may
breathe out our heart's desire, inaudible to any human ear; but that
word cannot die away into silence, nor can it be lost. Nothing can drown
the soul's desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the noise
of machinery. It is God to whom we are speaking, and our prayer is
heard."-2 Selected Messages, 316:3.
may constantly seek the joy of His presence. We need not be all the time
upon our knees in prayer, but we may be constantly asking for His grace,
even when we are walking on the streets, or when we are engaged in our
ordinary daily duties. We may constantly keep the mind ascending to
Christ, and He will freely impart to us of His grace."-Our High
cannot bow upon his knees in the streets and in the market place to
offer up his prayers to God, but never forget, wherever you may be, that
there is a God upon whom you may call for wisdom. "-This Day with
God, 232: 1.
must pray constantly, with a humble mind and a meek and lowly spirit. We
need not wait for an opportunity to kneel before God. We can pray and
talk with the Lord wherever we may be."-3 Selected Messages, 266:
the text of Amazing Grace, p. 91, we are told this: "Both in public
and in private worship, it is our duty to bow upon our knees before God
when we offer our petitions to Him." The footnote at the bottom of
the page says this: "There are instances where Ellen White stood at
the desk while offering prayers of consecration during church
services" [emphasis theirs].
is no contradiction between the statement and the footnote. The
"instances" referred to are prayers concluding consecration
calls (see below). There are no instances in which Ellen White (or God's
people in Bible times) practiced or approved of standing or sitting
prayers (for those physically fit, of course) during worship.
DURING CONSECRATION, THEN KNEELS FOR PRAYER-"It is not always
necessary to bow upon your knees in order to pray. Cultivate the habit
of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking,
and when you are busy with your daily labor."-3 Selected Messages.
the close of my discourse. I felt impressed by the Spirit of God to
extend an invitation for all those to come forward who desired to give
themselves fully to the Lord. Those who felt the need of the prayers of
the servants of God were invited to make it manifest. About thirty came
first I had hesitated, wondering if it were best to do so when my son
and I were the only ones whom I could see who would give us any help on
that occasion. But as though someone had spoken to me, the thought
passed through my mind. 'Cannot you trust in the Lord?' I said, 'I
will, Lord.' Although my son was much surprised that I should make such
a call on this occasion, he was equal to the emergency. I never heard
him speak with greater power or deeper feeling than at that time . .
knelt in prayer. My son took the lead and the Lord surely indicted his
petition; for he seemed to pray as though in the presence of God.
"-3 Selected Messages, 268, 2-4.
FORWARD FOR CONSECRATION, THEN (BECAUSE CROWDED) SEATED FOR
PRAYER-"I invited those who desired the prayers of the servants of
God to come forward. All who had been backslidden, all who wished to
return to the Lord and seek Him diligently, could improve the
opportunity. Several seats were filled and the whole congregation was on
the move. We told them the best they could do was to be seated right
where they were and we would all seek the Lord together by confessing
our sins, and the Lord had pledged His word. "If we confess our
sins, he is faithful, and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness (John I :9),"-3 Selected Messages,
FULL, SO ASKS CONGREGATION TO RISE FOR DEDICATION, THEN PRAYS WHILE
STANDING-"I invited all who wanted to give themselves to God in a
sacred covenant, and to serve Him with their whole hearts, to rise to
their feet. The house was full, and nearly all rose. Quite a number, not
of our faith were present, and some of these arose. I presented them to
the Lord in earnest prayer, and we know that we had the manifestation of
the Spirit of God. We felt that a victory had indeed been
gained,"-3 Selected Messages, 268: 1.
FOR DEDICATION, THEN PRAYS WHILE STANDING-"Now we ask you to seek
all the heart. Will those who are determined to cut loose from every
temptation of the enemy, and to seek for heaven above, signify such
determination by rising to their feet? [Nearly all of the congregation
desire that every one of you shall be saved. We desire that for you the
gates of the city of God shall swing back on their glittering hinges,
and that you, with all the nations who have kept the truth, may enter
in. There we shall give praise and thanksgiving and glory to Christ
and to the heavenly Father evermore, even forever and ever. May God
help us to be faithful in His service during the conflict, and overcome
at last, and win the crown of life eternal.
My heavenly Father, I come to Thee at this time, just as I am, poor and
needy. and dependent upon Thee. I ask Thee to give this people the
grace that perfects Christian Character,"-3 Selected Messages,
now, I ask, will make a determined effort to obtain the higher
education. Those who will, make it manifest by rising to your feet. [The
congregation rose.] Here is the whole congregation. May God help you
to keep your pledge. Let us pray.
Heavenly Father. I come to Thee at this time, just as I am, poor, weak.
unworthy, and I ask Thee to impress the hearts of this people gathered
here to-day. I have spoken to them Thy words, but. 0 Lord, Thou alone
canst make the work effective,"-3 Selected Messages, 269:3-4.
the Lord help you to take hold of this work as you have never yet taken
hold of it. Will you do this? Will you here rise to your feet and
testify that you will make God your trust and your helper? [Congregation
rises.]"-3 Selected Messages, 269:5270:1.
principle is simple enough: When we come to God, pleading for
forgiveness and acceptance He meets us where we are. Then, having
entered His kingdom as His subjects, we then come, at times of
worship-and, kneeling, meet Him where He is: the great King and ruler of
the end of the above 3 Selected Messages chapter, there is a footnote
which indicates that they did not kneel at the White home when they gave
thanks for the food. Here is the entire footnote:
Ellen White did not intend to teach that on every prayer occasion we
must kneel is made clear both by her words and her example. To her there
was no time or place where prayer was inappropriate. Her family
testified that in her home those at the dining table bowed their heads
and not their knees. She was not known to kneel for the benediction at
the close of services she attended. The earnest counsel on kneeling
would seem to have its principal application in the worship services in
the house of God and in family and private devotions at home. In public
ministry there were times when she stood for prayer. -Compilers.
"-Footnote, 3 Selected Messages, 270.
"benediction" prayers and "times when she stood for
prayer" "in public ministry" were cited in that footnoted
chapter (3 Selected Messages, 266-270). In this section of the study,
we have quoted them. In each instance, a call to consecration was given;
they were not worship prayers.
have been told that a seminary student obtained permission to research
in the E.G. White vault, to locate every instance in which Ellen White
stood for prayer in the pulpit. Later, his rather small compilation of
instances was included as chapter 30 (pp. 266-270) of 3 Selected
Messages. You have just read what he discovered. It consistently refers
to a prayer of consecration following an appeal, when the worship
service has concluded.
we are worshiping God, whether it be in church, in groups, with our
family, or alone, -we are to kneel when we pray. This is not my counsel
to you; this is God's directive to you.
will, of course, be exceptions: Perhaps you are having family worship as
you are driving in the car, Perhaps you are ill and in bed or physically
unable to kneel. Many other situations could be cited in which you are
worshiping God alone or with your family.
following are clear and unequivocal: "Both in public and private
worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we
offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, 'kneeled down, and
prayed' (Luke 22:41). Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too,
'kneeled down, and prayed' (Acts 9:40), Paul declared, 'I bow my knees
unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ' (Ephesians 3:14), In
confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt (see Ezra 9:5).
Daniel 'kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave
thanks before his God' (Daniel 6: 10),
reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a
realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every
heart should be deeply impressed, The hour and place of prayer are
sacred, because God is there: and as reverence is manifested in attitude
and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened, 'Holy and
reverend is His name,' (Psalm 111:9) the psalmist declares. Angels, when
they speak that name, veil their faces. With what reverence, then,
should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips!
would it be for old and young to ponder those words of Scripture that
show how the place marked by God's special presence should be regarded.
'Put off thy shoes from off thy feet,' He commanded Moses at the
burning bush, 'for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground'
(Exodus 3:5). Jacob, after beholding the vision of the angels,
exclaimed, 'The Lord is in this place; and I knew it not, This is none
other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven' (Genesis 28:
Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him'
(Habakkuk 2:20),"-Gospel Workers. 178-179.
have received letters questioning me in regard to the proper attitude to
be taken by a person offering prayer to the Sovereign of the universe.
Where have our brethren obtained the idea that they should stand upon
their feet when praying to God? One who has been educated for about five
years in Battle Creek was asked to lead in prayer before Sister white
should speak to the people. But as I beheld him standing upright upon
his feet while his lips were about to open in prayer to God, my soul was
stirred within me to give him an open rebuke, Calling him by name, I
said, 'Get down upon your knees.' This is the proper position always.
'They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive
my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep'
'When we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way;
and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we
were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed'
'At the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent
my garment and my mantle. I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands
unto the Lord my God, and said, a my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift
up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our
head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens' (Ezra 9:5-6).
'0 come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our
maker' (Psalm 95:6).
'For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ'
(Ephesians 3:14). And the whole chapter will, if the heart is receptive,
be as precious a lesson as we can learn,
bow down in prayer to God is the proper attitude to occupy, This act of
worship was required of the three Hebrew captives in Babylon. But such
an act was homage to be rendered to God alone the Sovereign of the
world, the Ruler of the universe; and these three Hebrews refused to
give such honor to any idol even though composed of pure gold. In doing
so, they would, to all intents and purposes, be bowing to the king of
Babylon. Refusing to do as the king had commanded, they suffered the
penalty, and were cast into the burning fiery furnace. But Christ came
in person and walked with them through the fire, and they received no
in public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees
before God when we offer our petitions to Him. This act shows our
dependence upon God.
the dedication of the Temple, Solomon stood facing the altar. In the
court of the Temple was a brazen scaffold or platform, and after
ascending this, he stood and lifted up his hands to heaven, and blessed
the immense congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel
'For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five
cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the
court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all
the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven' (2
Chronicles 6: 13).
lengthy prayer which he then offered was appropriate for the occasion.
It was inspired of God, breathing the sentiments of the loftiest piety
blended with the deepest humility.
present these proof texts with the inquiry, 'Where did Brother H obtain
his education?'-At Battle Creek. Is it possible that with all the light
that God has given to His people on the subject of reverence, that
ministers, principals, and teachers in our schools, by precept and
example, teach young men to stand erect in devotion as did the Pharisees?
Shall we look upon this as significant of their self-sufficiency and
self-importance? Are these traits to become conspicuous?
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that
they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the
temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The
Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I
am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as
this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
possess' (Luke 18:9-12). Mark you, it was the self-righteous Pharisee
who was not in a position of humility before God; but standing in his
haughty self-sufficiency, he told the Lord all his good deeds. 'The
Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself' (Luke 18: 11); and his
prayer reached no higher than himself.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, God be merciful to me a
sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather
than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and
he that humbleth himself shall be exalteth'(Luke 18:13-14).
hope that our brethren will not manifest less reverence and awe as they
approach the only true and living God than the heathen manifest for
their idol deities, or these people will be our judges in the day of
final decision. I would speak to all who occupy the place of teachers in
our schools. Men and women, do not dishonor God by your irreverence
and pomposity. Do not stand up in your Pharisaism and offer your prayers
to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often bow down
on your knees before God, and worship Him.
when you assemble to worship God, be sure and bow your knees before Him.
Let this act testify that the whole soul, body, and spirit are in subjection
to the Spirit of truth. Who have searched the Word closely for examples
and direction in this respect? Whom can we trust as teachers in our
schools in America and foreign countries? After years of study shall
students return to their own country with perverted ideas of the respect
and honor and reverence that should be given to God, and feel under no
obligation to honor the men of gray hairs, the men of experience, the
chosen servants of God who have be connected with the work of God
through almost all the years of their life? I advise all who attend the
schools of America or in any other place, do not catch the spirit of
irreverence. Be sure you understand for yourself what kind of
education you need, that you may educate others to obtain a fitness of
character that will stand the test that is soon to be brought upon all
who live upon the earth. Keep company with the soundest Christians.
Choose not the pretentious instructors or pupils, but those who show the
deepest piety, those who have a spirit of intelligence in the things of
are living in perilous times. Seventh-day Adventists are professedly the
commandment-keeping people of God; but they are losing their devotional
spirit. This spirit of reverence for God teaches men how to approach
their Maker -with sacredness and awe through faith, not in themselves,
but in a Mediator. Thus man is kept fast, under whatever circumstances
he is placed. Man must come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a
suppliant at the footstool of mercy. And as he receives daily mercies at
the hand of God, he is ever to cherish gratitude in his heart, and give
expression to it in the words of thanksgiving and praise for these unmerited
favors. Angels have been guarding his pathway through all his life,
and many of the snares he has been delivered from he has not seen. And
for this guardianship and watchcare by eyes that never slumber and never
sleep, he is to recognize in every prayer the service of God for him.
should lean upon God in their helplessness and daily necessity. They
should keep humble, watchful and prayerful. Praise and thanksgiving
should flow forth in gratitude and sincere love for God.
the assembly of the upright and in the congregation should they praise
the Most High God. All who have a sense of their vital connection with
God should stand before the Lord as witnesses for Him, giving expression
of the love, the mercies, and the goodness of God. Let the words be
sincere, simple, earnest, intelligent, the heart burning with the love
of God, the lips sanctified to His glory not only to make known the
mercies of God in the assembly of the saints but to be His witnesses
in every place. The inhabitants of the earth are to know that He is God,
the only true and living God.
should be an intelligent knowledge of how to come to God in reverence
and godly fear with devotional love. There is a growing lack of reverence
for our Maker, a growing disregard of His greatness and majesty. But
God is speaking to us in these last days. We hear His voice in the
storm, in the rolling thunder. We hear of the calamities He permits in
the earthquakes, the breaking forth of the waters, and the destructive
elements sweeping all before them. We hear of ships going down in the
tempestuous ocean. God speaks to families who have refused to recognize
Him, sometimes in the whirlwind and storm, sometimes face to face as He
talked with Moses. Again He whispers His love to the little trusting
child and to the gray-haired sire in his dotage. And earthly wisdom has
a wisdom as it beholds the unseen.
the still small voice which succeeds the whirlwind and the tempest that
moves the rocks out of position, is heard, let all cover their face, for
God is very near. Let them hide them-selves in Jesus Christ; for He is
their hiding place. The cleft in the rock is hidden with His own pierced
hand while the humble seeker waits in bowed attitude to hear what saith
the Lord unto His servants. "-2 Selected Messages, 311:1-316:1.
the minister enters, it should be with dignified, solemn mien. He
should bow down in silent prayer as soon as he steps into the pulpit,
and earnestly ask help of God. What an impression this will make! There
will be solemnity and awe upon the people. Their minister is communing
with God; he is committing himself to God before he dares to stand
before the people. Solemnity rests upon all, and angels of God are
brought very near. Every one of the congregation, also, who fears God
should with bowed head unite in silent prayer with him that God may
grace the meeting with His presence and give power to His truth
proclaimed from human lips.
the meeting is opened by prayer, every knee should bow in the presence
of the Holy One, and every heart should ascend to God in silent
devotion. The prayers of faithful worshipers will be heard, and the
ministry of the word will prove effectual. The lifeless attitude of the
worshipers in the house of God is one great reason why the ministry is
not more productive of good. The melody of song, poured forth from many
hearts in clear, distinct utterance, is one of God's instrumentalities
in the work of saving souls. All the service should be conducted with
solemnity and awe, as if in the visible presence of the Master of assemblies."-5
waiting, watching for every opportunity to present the truth, familiar
with the prophecies, familiar with the lessons of Christ. But do not
trust in the well-prepared arguments. Arguments alone is not enough. God
must be sought on your knees; you must go forth to meet the people
through the power and influence of His Spirit. "-2 Bible Commentary,
Lord has given you talents to use, and in using these talents as He
intended they should be used, you will have increased aptitude and
wisdom and clear spiritual eyesight to understand His work. Your mind
and eyes must watch for His appearing, your ears open to hear the
faintest whisperings of His voice. Your knees He has made; use them in
kneeling in prayer. "-That I May Know Him, 328: 1.
these perilous times, those who profess to be God's commandment-keeping
people should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of reverence
and godly fear. The Scriptures teach men how to approach their
Maker-with humility and awe, through faith in a divine Mediator. Let man
come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the
footstool of mercy. Thus he is to testify that the whole soul, body,
and spirit are in subjection to His Creator."-Amazing Grace,
instances could be cited when God's people worshiped God together or
alone-and knelt to pray. Here are some of them:
was in a lonely, mountainous region, the haunt of wild beasts and the
lurking place of robbers and murderers. Solitary and unprotected,
Jacob bowed in deep distress upon the earth. It was midnight. All that
made life dear to him were at a distance, exposed to danger and death.
Bitterest of all was the thought that it was his own sin, which had
brought this peril upon the innocent. With earnest cries and tears he
made his prayer before God. "-Patriarchs and Prophets, 196:3-197:0.
when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And
they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, sorrowing
most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face
no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship."-Acts of the Apostles,
apostle's heart was touched with sympathy as he beheld their sorrow.
Then, directing that the weeping friends be sent from the room, he
kneeled down and prayed fervently to God to restore Dorcas to life and
health."-Acts oj the Apostles, 132:1.
are told that, whenever possible, our knees like Daniels-are to bow
in personal worship to God. See the later section, "Frequency of
Worship Prayer" for more on this.
in public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees
before God when we offer our petitions to Him. "-2 Selected
Messages, 312:7 [Gospel Workers, 178:2 almost identical].
spirit of reverence for God teaches men how to approach their Maker-with
awe through faith, not in themselves, but in a Mediator. Thus man is kept fast, under whatever circumstances he is placed. Man must come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the footstool of mercy." 2 Selected Messages, 315:0.