Not at all! Although it is commonly accepted in the Christian community that you must pray on your knees with your eyes closed, that is not necessary. God looks at the heart. He will hear our prayers no matter what position we are in. You can pray standing up, sitting down, while walking, while running, and while lying down. You can pray out loud or silently in your mind. There is public praying (praying in public with a group) and private praying (having long talks with God when you\’re alone). Although there is nothing wrong with public praying, the Bible especially stresses the importance of private prayer. Jesus teaches us how to do private praying in Matthew chapter 6. \”And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. \”
So when you do private praying, you are to be alone. You can pray in your closet, like the KJV says. You can pray in your room, as other versions say.
But basically, private praying should be private. You need to be alone. It is a time to pour out your heart before God. You are to pray with a humble mindset. It is often best to be on your knees when praying in private, but it is not necessary. There are also quick, silent prayers you utter in your mind while doing other things. One example would be from the Book of Nehemiah, when Nehemiah came before the king. \”Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king. \”
Nehemiah did not tell the king, \”Okay, let\’s just end this conversation for a while. I need to get on my knees and pray. \” He uttered a quick prayer in his mind before he spoke. He did not have time to get on his knees. There are many other examples of this in the Bible. So the bottom line is: no, you do not have to pray on your knees. It can be helpful to be on your knees when you pray privately, because it will make you feel more humble. But it is not necessary. God will hear your prayer no matter what position you are in.
For the past few months I have been going into our nursery every day and praying on my knees.
It s such a special time to pray for our future children and pray over the room where our babies will sleep. When Colby, I would start every day on my knees (I would literally roll right out of bed, straight to the floor), but when he moved back, I got out of the habit. A few months ago, I realized I missed that time with the Lord, so one day I decided to go into the nursery and get on my knees. Why do I pray on my knees? I m not doing this because I think it s going to get God s attention or get my prayer answered any quicker than if I were in the check out line at a grocery store saying a prayer. I do this because it shows a position of respect, fear, and reverence for the Lord. It demonstrates humility and desperate dependence on Him. б All throughout the bible there are different positions of prayer, so praying on our knees isn t any better than standing up or sitting down, butб Jesus modeled how to pray inб Luke 22:41, Б And He was withdrawn from them about a stoneБs throw, and He knelt down and prayed. Б б Remember that when we pray, it s not the position of our body that matters, but what matters to God is the condition of our heart.
Often we think of people getting on their knees when they are their weakest point in life. I think the cool thing for me right now, is I feel at the strongest point in my faith. The thing I hate to I hear people say is all I could do was pray. Shouldn t that be the first thing you do? What if instead of just getting on our knees when we are desperate, we started every day like that? Samuel Chadwick said, БThe one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. б He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we go to our knees in prayer. Б I love this quote. There is nothing I like more than hearing that the devil trembles and he does that when we are on our knees for the Lord. Prayer does not change the purpose of God, but prayer does change the action of God. Chuck Smith I love this picture below. I ve been convicted to always open my hands when praying. I do this because I m waiting to receive from the Lord. I am waiting very expectantly, with my hands wide open for His blessings to rain down upon us!