The power of the bent knee
“Then He spoke a parable to them,
that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”
Have you ever watched a bird sleeping on its perch and never falling off? How does it manage to do this? The secret is the tendons of the bird’s legs. They are so constructed that when the leg is bent at the knee, the claws refuse to let go until the knees are unbent again. The bent knee gives the bird the ability to hold on tightly to his perch.
Is this not also the secret of the holding power of the Christian? Daniel found this to be true. Surrounded by a pagan environment; tempted to compromise with evil, urged to weaken his grip on God, he refused to let go. He held firm when others faltered because he was a man of prayer. He knew the power of the bent knee.
From sleeping birds we can learn the secret of holding things which are most precious to us—honesty, purity, thoughtfulness, honor, character. That secret is the knee bent in prayer, seeking to get a firmer grip on those values which make life worth living. When we hold firmly to God in prayer, we can rest assured He will hold tightly to us.
—Rollin S. Burhans
Heb. 4:14 – Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
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