My husband Greg has always coached youth athletic teams. Even before we were married, he coached boys little league teams and served as a mentor for 13 year old baseball players. When he began coaching our children’s teams, I would love to watch him interact with the little people on his team. Mostly I loved his posture. He would usually kneel down next to them, on one knee, and offer them encouragement, guidance, or a hug when they were discouraged. He would get on their level- eye to eye, cheek to cheek, shoulder to shoulder. There were times when he would kneel down so far that they would be looking down into his eyes. Sometimes he would be just the right height to catch their little disappointed heads on his shoulder. When he was excited at their accomplishments, he would meet them on one knee only long enough to get his arms around them and lift them up into a giant bear size hug. One time a little boy came to him for some “batting” advice and ended up sitting on Greg’s extended knee as if it was his own personal bench.
I love the imagery of this passage as if God would “take a knee” to hear our prayer. Like he would bend down next to us to encourage, guide, and embrace us in our disappointment. But that’s exactly what He does. As we offer up our prayers we can know that God has been eye to eye, cheek to cheek, and shoulder to shoulder with us in His son Jesus. When we listen to His promises we can be lifted up if we are facing difficulties. When we are unsure about what to do next, or how to improve our “game,” we can be assured that the coaching we get from the Lord of Lords will be the very best guidance. There is not one thing in our lives that God cannot understand and give us the power to endure, overcome, and use for His glory. As we kneel before him in prayer he joins us, on our level, and listens. I will pray as long as I have breath!