70th – Eyes closed

There’s something different about praying with eyes closed and knees bent.

Instead of eating off a TV tray in the living room, I started eating every meal at the dining room table. Although I’m sitting at the table eating alone, memories of blessing the food with family and friends come out of my memory to remind me. Then I close my eyes, hands in lap (no fork and knife ready to eat), and I thank God for my blessings.

In the churches I’ve attended, the congregation never prays on their knees. So it is not a natural thought for me to do so. Yet, when I get down on my knees beside my bed, my prayers are so different than other times. It humbles my spirit and deepens my thoughts. My penitent heart fills my soul with gratitude, forgiveness, and most of all love for the One above who cares for me.

Scripture: Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Matthew 14:19 (ESV)

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6 (ESV)

Prayer: Gracious heavenly father, we praise you and thank you for humbling our souls. Help us to remember to pray with our eyes closed and down on our knees because it draws us closer to you. Living daily closer to you is our heart’s desire. We pray earnestly in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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