Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kneeling During Prosperous Times

Do you ever feel as though you pray more often or more earnestly when you’re facing a crisis than when everything is going well?  With the state of our economy, there are probably more people on their knees in prayer these days than there have been in a long time.  That’s a good thing.  I believe God uses times like these to turn our faces and our hearts toward Him.  Whether you walk with Him daily, or only turn to Him in time of need, God is always there, always willing to listen, and always caring for you.

Why is it that we often fail to kneel before God during prosperous times?  When we have all we need and more, we tend to feel as though we’re self-sufficient.  We may give generously and express our gratitude for God’s blessings, but I can tell you from experience, it’s easy to slip into a casual relationship with God during prosperous times. 

I have experienced great blessings, and I’ve experienced less prosperous times.  I grow the most in my relationship with God during the harder times.  We need to remember, when prosperity returns, to kneel before God during prosperous times.

“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court, and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart” – II Chronicles 6:12-14 (ESV)

King Solomon kneeling during prosperous times

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