The past few weeks has seen me have a few pity parties and when I finally took the time to sit down before the Lord and sort out my issues it pretty much boils down to my being discontent, not satisfied and generally kinda a little prideful.
In the last few days I have had a lot of sad stuff going through my facebook feed. There is the ever present danger experienced in Israel. There is Europe's new found fight against Islam... (not sure that they see it that way though....), friends of yesteryear going through some really TOUGH things....
I find myself ashamed of my self-inflicted misery.
I have so much to be grateful for. By now you are probably wondering where does Kneel come into all this? For the last week it has come to mind that I should get on my knees and pray.
- To thank the Lord for all that I have
- To thank the Lord for my and my family's health
- To thank the Lord for my husband
- To thank the Lord for my beautiful and talented daughters
- To praise Him that He remains the same even though I am a constant changing emotional upside down inside out human spinning top
- To ask His forgiveness for my lack of grace and patience with others
- To thank Him for reminding me to un-harden my heart
- To thank Him for His forgiveness
- To humble myself before the Lord because without Him I am, and have, nothing
- To tell the Lord I am grateful, thankful, content, satisfied, joyful and trying hard to shove my pride in my pocket....
There are so many reasons to kneel before the Lord, the above are all personal. But what about the chaos our world is in?
- Our government
- Our president, he needs more than prayer
- Conflict in the middle East
- Conflict in Europe
- Conflict in China
- The African continent and all its poverty
- Poverty everywhere
- Our friends
- Our neighbours
- Our schools
- Our work colleagues
- Our pastors
- Our churches
- Our children
When contemplating the need to kneel I thought of how the act of kneeling is humbling, submissive, accepting of the One to Whom we kneel, our Lord and Saviour, our Father and Rock. It is an act of humility, and of acceptance that there is One greater than ourselves and our need of Him is great. Kneeling before my Father, reminds me of my need of Him...
Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world (1 John 4 v 4b)
James 4 v 7-8: So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. (8) Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you.
To kneel is to submit. I choose this day to submit my will the will of the Father and because I am human, no doubt I will have to do this daily. But better His way than mine, any day.