Perplexed. I admit it. I have been perplexed by the plethora of unthinkable happenings in this world. The darkness is extreme. The darkness would be blinding and debilitating without a place of retreat. By retreat, I don’t mean taking a vacation or going to a spa. The place of retreat that has been my greatest place of refuge has been in a space that we all possess. The longer I live, the more I know that I need this space just to survive the reality of the unthinkable occurrences that seem to be happening on a daily basis. The space we all possess, barring disability, is knee-space. I know it sounds a bit corny. Perhaps you have figured out that I am talking about praying. If so, you would be correct. But, if you would, allow me to elaborate on what I mean by knee-space and the inherent therapy or counsel or comfort that is found there.
As believers, we have been instructed to pray always or to pray without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17. So, we know that prayer is a must. Being able to pray to God directly is a privilege afforded to us by Jesus Christ (John 14:13-14), one that we should certainly take advantage of. Praying always is our means of constant communion or communication with God as we go about our day. As we mature, it should become as natural as breathing.
Obviously, praying continually doesn’t mean that we are on our knees all day, every day. But there should be definite times set aside to pray in a posture of worship or humility. I mean, there should be times when we bow before God to pray – a time when we are able to, what I call, pray-pray or pray earnestly. Bowing before God or kneeling before God is my definition of knee-space. I have found that God meets me in this space. I can’t really explain it, but He does. And while I know this personally, I believe that He meets us all in this space.
Have you ever heard anyone say that I need my space? Or give me some space? I guess we all may have echoed this in some way. Allow me to suggest that for the believer, the space we need most is knee-space. I believe I understand why God admonished us to pray repeatedly throughout Scripture because there is always something to pray about, always. We need His counsel to face this world and to be what He has called us to be and to do what He has called us to do. And in knee-space, we don’t even have to be fancy; we can just pray or talk to God plainly. And if we want to improve our knee-space time, we should study what He has said to us in His Word, where we learn more and more about who He is and what He has done and what He will do, all of which are linked to how much He loves us, how much He loves people.
I don’t know about you, but I need my knee-space!