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Can you help me defend the practice of kneeling?


A Southern Baptist co-worker recently gave me a hard time because we &quot;Romanists&quot; kneel when we pray. He said that in &quot;Bible times&quot; the Jews didn&#039;t kneel but stood or sat when they prayed and that Catholics are &quot;unbiblical&quot; in their prayer posture. He said we &quot;invented&quot; kneeling and that real Christians don&#039;t kneel. What can I tell him?


Begin by asking what he thinks kneeling in prayer proves. That the Catholic religion is wrong? What if a Catholic never knelt in prayer or at Mass–would that somehow vindicate Catholicism?

If that line of reasoning doesn’t show him how silly his quibble is, then try a few Bible verses.

  • After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he [Jesus] prayed (Lk 22:41).
  • Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed (Acts 9:40).
  • When he had finished speaking he [Paul] knelt down and prayed with them all (Acts 20:36).
  • All of them, women and children included, escorted us out of the city, and after kneeling on the beach to pray, we bade farewell to one another (Acts 21:5).

Jesus, Peter, and Paul all lived “in Bible times,” and they knelt when they prayed. Were they “unbiblical”?

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