I had a great idea one morning.
Pray in bed.
So I sat up, closed my eyes, and began to pray.
But I was so tired. I prayed a prayer all right, but how effective was it? It’s easy to delude yourself in such a situation. But don’t be fooled. There’s a difference between “praying in bed” — and actually praying.
With my eyes still closed, a word came to me. I did not invent this word. The Holy Spirit must have been the one to speak it to me, because I don’t know who else it could have been that spoke those crystal clear words:
“It works better on your knees.”
Now what could those words have possibly meant?
Context, friend. Context! If you want to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to you at any given moment — and prove it really is the Holy Spirit who is speaking to you — you must absolutely consider the context.
Now supposing I had been asking for money and I heard those same words being spoken to me.
“It works better on your knees.”
In that case, I might assume that what the Lord (if it was the Lord) was saying to me was that “begging for money works better when you are on your knees.”
Well, I was not begging for money. I was merely trying to please the Lord. In bed. Context matters immensely. It was not hard for me to understand what those words meant. Those words — if they really were from God — meant that it was better for me to pray on my knees, rather than trying to do so with my eyes closed in bed early in the morning.
It was in keeping with my “natural inclination” to want to “turn on my bed” a few more times, but I did what I heard — because what I heard, in context, made a lot of sense. Furthermore, if it really was God speaking to me, then was He not absolutely saying to me that He wanted to most assuredly bless me through my prayers? Surely, it was NOT ONLY that it was actually BETTER to pray on my knees, but that God was both willing and desiring to HEAR MY PRAYERS. Yes! This is the “glory” of it all, that God was even willing to hear me, that He wanted to be my friend, that He was eager to actually hear what I had to say — a mere human being on the face of this incredibly large earth.
But God is like that, isn’t He? He is a distinctly personal God, who desires a personal relationship with His creation. He is not “aloof,” “out there,” “in outer space land” — you know, all that figment-of-your-imagination stuff — the stuff that some movies, or news stories, or fairy tales, are made of! God is not like that! He is personal, in every sense of the word.
Now if I did not KNOW this God, I probably would have ignored the voice. But since I DO know Him, I did NOT ignore the voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
Howdy, and yes sir, and amen! You might think, “Is that English?” I don’t really care! I’m so excited about God, I could shout! That’s because I met Him, He knows me, and I know Him. It’s very very exciting when you know God!
Now back to the story.
Though my flesh — that is, my body — did not want to get out of bed and pray, my spirit very much did. I not only wanted to please my Lord, who revealed Himself to me so many years ago, but I also wanted to derive the benefit of actually praying on my knees.
Get out bed. Yes, you sluggard, GET OUT OF BED!
“As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed.” (Proverbs 26:14)
Do NOT be like that sluggard! Get up and pray, while you still have the breath of life in you, I say!
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
So I got up. I was faith-filled, but still somewhat groggy. I threw a pillow on the ground, and kneeled on it. I put another pillow on the bed, and put my elbows on them.
Suddenly, the words were a lot different than the few words that had been drizzling out of my both while sitting in bed!
All of a sudden, I was praying!
Yes, it really DOES work better that way!
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father.” (Ephesians 1:14)