Better on Our Knees

Steven Laman

Read: Daniel 6:6-22

Three times a day [Daniel] got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (v. 10 NIV)

My cerebral palsy makes balancing on my feet very difficult. Whenever I try to stand, I quickly fall backward. I do much from my knees. From a kneeling position, I can get dressed, kneel by the bathroom sink to brush my teeth, and get in and out of my wheelchair.

Daniel knew the importance of kneeling before God. Three times a day he threw open his windows and knelt in prayer. Communicating with God every day made him an honest, loyal, and trustworthy servant of King Darius. He was so well thought of that he was appointed to be a supervisor. However, the people under his authority despised this foreigner because he outshined them. How did he become so respected? Daniel was a better person and government official because he spent time praying and it showed. Nothing could stop his practice, not even the threat of being thrown in the lion’s den.

I had to learn that I was much more steady doing everyday tasks from my knees. Likewise, talking with God every day helps us become more steady as we become people who are known for our morals. When we stay close to the Lord, we are less likely to fall. Our relationship with God makes us better employees, parents, students, and friends. Let’s strive to become better people as we communicate with God daily. —Steve Laman

As you pray, ask the Lord to give you the desire to spend time with him every day.