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'Christ in You...'

    by Dale Krebbs

The Prayer Chair
Date Posted: January 23, 2022

How do you position yourself when you pray? When you pray, its easier to be open, honest, real and unpretentious before God if you are comfortable physically as much as possible.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He did not mention position. At another time, He did specify an enclosure of privacy, but not a position in the enclosure ("prayer closet"). There are some who cannot bend their knees, literally. They are physically unable to do so. Their prayers and petitions, and worship MUST come from their heart, not their knees.

Many who are otherwise unable, pray from a prostrate position - in a bed. Many in a bed of sickness, in unending pain and sorrows. God takes charge of their prayer position. Many pray mostly from bed, even as they fall asleep in praise and worship of their God and Savior who takes charge of their life breath, until they awaken in the morning. I know one who has a "prayer chair" (rhymes nicely, doesn't it?).

There is certainly nothing wrong with getting on the knees with outstretched arms, and turn your eyes upward in prayer and petition. It depends upon your petition, your heartfelt desire, need, and attitude. Remember also the two men praying, one with eyes toward heaven, the other with downcast head and eyes. The latter was praying a prayer for forgiveness. The other in pride and self exaltation (Luke 18:10-14).

The point is, don't be overly concerned about your position or location for private prayer. The Father is looking at your heart, not your skeletal shape. What is the position of your attitude, mind, and heart? There is where He will meet you. And hear you. And speak to you, if you are not so cramped in your body that you cannot concentrate on what He has to say to your heart.

I would venture to say that if Jesus appeared in a physical body before you in your prayer closet, you in all likelihood would ask Him to sit down. No? Well perhaps He would ask you to sit down. God is not out of touch with your humanness, customs, location, limitations, or circumstances. He enters into them. He came as a physical human being as well as God.

Whether they are physical disabilities, customs, or limitations, He always and at all times enters into life as you must live it in your body.

This is the reason He can identify and enter into every human experience with you. Your feelings, you moods, your worries, your aloneness, your hopes, your fears, and your pains. But also your joy, happy moments, and your moments of excitement and anticipation. Jesus was human as well as God. He understands humans.

Years ago someone wrote a song entitled "Only The Lonely". Some of the lyrics said that only the lonely could know what the person was going through. Jesus in many ways lived a lonely life. A kind of loneliness that only He knew. No one could enter into His loneliness. He experienced all of it, so He could enter into your circumstances, on your level. Therefore, He knows what you are going through.

He does not want you to pray in a place or position that is painful, awkward, or in any other way that would not be open and real. Even in a "prayer chair", or a prayer bed, He will meet you there, hear you there, answer you there. He is in you and with in your prayer. If you are in Him and with Him. Where ever you have to be, He is there - to sit beside you, lie beside you, walk beside you, stand beside you when you pray. Will you let Him come in where you pray? Even in a "prayer chair"?.

"Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne." - Revelation 3:19-21 (AMP)

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Biography Information:
Dale Krebbs served as an Elder, preaching, counseling, and conducting Bible studies for over 25 years in Texas, California, and Arizona. He is now retired, lives in Arizona, and continues the study and research of Gods Word.
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