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Every knee shall bow

Every knee shall bow

Read a story about kings and queens to introduce the custom of kneeling before royalty.

Discussion point: We can kneel when we pray to honour God and demonstrate humility.

During your study on humility, make it a practice to kneel when you pray to physically demonstrate humility before God. You may wish to open your prayer saying, “Dear King Jesus…”

To introduce the concept of kneeling before royalty, you can read one of your children’s favourite stories about princes, princesses, kings or queens. You can also read through your choice of the verses listed below that refer to the long-standing tradition of kneeling to show respect to God. In the New Testament verses it is interesting to note that people who didn’t even know that Jesus was God still knelt down in front of Him.

Relevant Scripture

2 Chronicles 7:3 “When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, ‘He is good; His love endures forever.’ ”

Matthew 2:10-11 “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

Matthew 8:2 “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Matthew 9:18 “While He was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before Him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put Your hand on her, and she will live.’ ”

Matthew 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Psalm 22:27-28 “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations.”

Philippians 2:9-11 “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”