"Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously." Daniel 6:10
When it comes to running, proper form and posture is very important. Multiple studies have shown that good posture places a runner in an alignment where stress is properly distributed to the intended muscles and ligaments allowing them to work more efficiently enabling a person to run faster. And that good form will also help decrease the risk of joint discomfort and injury. According to the Kansas Chiropractic Foundation, "When your muscles, joints and ligaments are working as intended, your vital organs are able to remain in proper position and the nervous system is able to function normally," Wow, our mothers were right when they told us to stop slouching and stand up tall!
You know posture can of even more importance in our our spiritual lives. And when it comes to standing tall, the Bible gives us the best form to imitate when it tells the story of Daniel. You see, when King Darius issued the decree that everyone in Babylon was to worship him alone, and that anyone who was found praying to any other god would immediately be thrown into the lion's den, Daniel stood tall and assumed the correct position... on his knees. In fact, the bible tells us that "he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God". Because of this, he was thrown into the lions den. And we all know the rest of the story right? When King Darius came to check on him the next morning, Daniel didn't have even one scratch on him.
Because Daniel refused to change his "form", King Darius declared to everyone that Daniel's God was indeed the living God. I wonder, can others declare the same by the "form" that we show? If not, maybe it's time to correct our posture by getting on our knees.
"See I don't know how, but there's power when I'm on my knees."- David Mullen
Heavenly Father, thank you for being such a faithful God to Daniel and giving us an example of what faith, prayer and commitment to you can bring to our lives. May we all strive to be your faithful servants today, unwilling to sacrifice prayer and praise to you no matter the consequence. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
On my knees - Nicole C. Mullen