Lately I’ve been having issues with my prostrate. No guys, don’t stress, I said prostrate, not prostate. I have seriously felt prone to get prone. As explained in the dictionary, I’ve been inclined to lying face downward or prostrate to pray stretched out with my face to the ground in adoration and submission.
Just falling to my knees isn’t cutting it. I’m so in awe of what God is doing in my life, mere pray, petition, and praise isn’t enough. I have to lay face down at the feet of Jesus to express my thanks for His intervention in my life.
Now we just had a huge snowstorm here in Colorado that was heavy and wet. Which gave us a mud season when it melted. So to get prone recently, I put down my exercise mat down first. (Alright, so I’m a big baby!) I’ve also had to close the door or else the dogs come in and start licking my face.
In the Bible, falling on your face is a way to take your concerns to the next level.
While the Israelites were wandering in the desert in Numbers 16, one man named Korah, started inciting a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. The glory of the Lord appeared to all the people and Jehovah said to Moses and Aaron, “Get away from these people so that I may instantly destroy them.” But Moses and Aaron fell face downward to the ground before the Lord and pleaded with him not to be angry with all the people for the sins of one man. So the Lord told Moses to have the people back away from the tents of Korah, and the ground opened up and swallowed up the bad guys.
Next example is Joshua was sizing up the city of Jericho when the commander-in-chief of the Lord’s army appeared nearby. Then Joshua fell to the ground before him and worshiped and said, “Give me your commands.” The commander told him to take off his shoes for it was holy ground.
Next example in 1 Chronicles 21, David decided to take a census and God was displeased and sent a plague on Israel, by sending an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But the felt compassion and commanded the destroying angel to stop. When David saw the angel standing between heaven and earth with his sword drawn, he and the elders fell to the ground and pleaded with him.
But the most important example is in Matthew 26. Jesus goes to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, and he asked the three disciples to stay with him and stay awake while he prayed. He told them his soul was crushed with horror and sadness to the point of death. Jesus then went a little further away from them and fell face downward on the ground and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. But I want your will, not mine.”
That’s what I want too. To pray to God when I am prostrate that I want His will, not mine. Because I know I am unable to stand on my own two feet. Because sometimes, things are so extreme, it is too hard to remain in any sort of upright position to pray. My legs and knees feel like jello and there is only one way to go, down, flat on my face. At that point I am unable to support myself and I’m utterly surrendering to God. And truthfully, that is the best place to be. Because apart from Him I can do nothing. (See John 15:5)
So back to my issue with prostrate. I never know when it will strike. I’m putting away laundry, and bam, I’m on my face. I’m walking down the hall toward my office, and again, I’m face down. So what if it strikes when I’m at the grocery store? (Okay, first of all, YUCK! Who knows what people have been tracking in on those floors!) But if it did happen in the bread aisle, what a testimony that would be! And you just know everyone else in said aisle are whipping out their phones and recording me. Hey, maybe it would go viral and others would join me. Maybe I could start a flash mob of face ploppers praying together. Now wouldn’t that be something to see!
So I’m now going to be your spiritual drill sargent, but instead of telling you to drop and give me twenty push-ups, I’m just going to tell you to drop, pray, and praise, because I believe that when you do, you are on holy ground.
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