Devotions on Prayer: A Life of Prayer
By Jill Briscoe
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
Paul was kneeling before the Father. No matter that a Roman guard was in the room, perhaps even chained to the prisoner; no matter whether the guard was scoffer or brother. Paul was on his knees.
You know, seeing someone pray has great impact! I will never forget one instance when I was a student and had been sent with a message to the president of the student body. Knocking briefly, I rudely burst into the girl’s room and found her at prayer. The sight of this beautiful girl, unashamedly bowing her knees to the Lord Jesus Christ, had a profound effect on me. I was somehow angry with her because she made me feel awkward, and yet her very body language preached an eloquent sermon of commitment that I badly needed to hear! I would not have listened to her words, but I could not ignore her message.
We do not always have a quiet room to run to. Sometimes the most important praying must be done in the midst of turmoil, people, and problems! I don’t think any one of us will be forced to have our quiet time as Paul did, accompanied by the clanking of chains! It’s so easy for us – but we don’t do it! People like Paul, prisoners for Christ, pray for us! It’s time that free people pray for prisoners like Paul!
Do you ever say grace in a restaurant? Do you say “Lord, we bow our heads in this public place in acknowledgement of whose we are and whom we serve”? That’s body language that tells a powerful story!
Lord, I find myself searching for more ways to share Your truth verbally with others. I look for more and better words that can convince people of Your love and Your grace. Thank you for this lesson that sometimes I can share Your truth with my body language. I can witness by what I do – praying, studying Your Word, spending time serving You, and worshipping You. Thank You for all the ways I can proclaim You! Amen.