Colin Kapernick, one time 49er quarterback started a firestorm two years ago when he knelt on the football field in protest over racial inequality in America. The NFL has no clue what to do, the President of the United States has been involved, and all fans alike are tired of the distraction this has caused. Whether you believe it is the correct way to protest or not, Colin has drawn attention to himself and the players association and stirred up a United States wide controversy.
Kneeling is a posture that is mentioned in the book of 1 Kings. Solomon dedicated the temple of the Lord and scripture reveals the following, “When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven.” (1 Kings 8:54) It is the first recorded scripture of the posture of kneeling in reverence toward God.
As with many things, this world will morph a sacred practice of the faith and turn it into something unholy. Such is the case with the NFL. What should kneeling be accompanied by? Prayer. Check out Greg Laurie’s perspective on prayer.
Research has found that people in the United States check their social media accounts 17 times per day, which is about once every waking hour. And teens spend nine hours every day consuming media. What if we prayed as often as we check social media? As John Piper put it, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”
Some Christians say they don’t pray more because they don’t have the time. But we do have time to pray. Don’t tell me that you don’t. We probably would never admit this, but I think we don’t pray more because we don’t think prayer is all that important. But if prayer is not that important, then why would Jesus have spent so much time praying? In fact, it was His prayer life that caused His disciples to come to Him and say, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1 NKJV).
Life is a lot easier when we pray about things. Prayer really does matter. Not only are we asking God to help us, but we are also asking God for wisdom. The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 NKJV).
I need wisdom. Don’t you? We have problems. We have questions. We have needs. This is why we need to pray, because prayer, among other things, is God’s appointed way for us to obtain things. Maybe you’re wondering why you’re going through life never knowing the will of God. Have you prayed about it? As James says, “You do not have because you do not ask.”
Kneeling before God and praying is a privilege before our Almighty God. Let’s use it as it is intended.