Acts 20:36 Index
"And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all."
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" . . . kneeled down . . . "

  • A normal posture in prayer (Psalm 95:6; Daniel 6:10), appropriate as a mark of humility before the Divine Majesty of whom prayer is addressed, and assumed especially in solemn moments (2 Chronicles 6:13; 1 Kings 8:54; Luke 22:41). Paul is described as kneeling also when he bade farewell to the brethren at Tyre (Acts 21:5; Ephesians 3:14). (6BC 396)
  • May God teach His people how to pray. Let the teachers in our schools and the ministers in our churches, learn daily in the school of Christ. Then they will pray with earnestness, and their requests will be heard and answered. Then the word will be proclaimed with power.
    • Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, “kneeled down, and prayed” (Luke 22:41). Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, “kneeled down, and prayed” (Acts 9:40Acts 20:36Acts 21:5). Paul declared, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14). In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt. (Ezra 9:5). Daniel “kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God” (Daniel 6:10).
    • True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed. The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there; and as reverence is manifested in attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened. “Holy and reverend is His name” (Psalm 111:9), the psalmist declares. Angels, when they speak that name, veil their faces. With what reverence, then, should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips! (GW 178)
  • Both in public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees before God when we offer our petitions to Him. This act shows our dependence upon God. (2SM 312)

" . . . prayed with them all."