One of the most challenging positions of prayer for me is laying face down, prostrate before the Lord. I don’t find it comfortable or convenient and maybe that is where its power lies. To prostrate ourselves before God is an act of humility, desperation and worship.
Moses interceded for Israel, 40 days and nights, fasting and crying out to God for them (Deuteronomy 9:18). Some translations say he “fell down before the Lord” or “Threw himself down before the Lord.” That is some serious praying!
After the defeat at Ai, Joshua fell down with his face before the ark all day (Joshua 7:6-10), crying out to the Lord for wisdom and strategy.
David spent the night with his face to the floor praying for the life of his child (2 Samuel 12:15)
Faced with unspeakable calamity, Job chose to worship, throwing himself to the ground and crying out, “….the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20)
Prostrating oneself also demonstrates deep heart-felt worship. When Solomon was crowned king, David commanded the people to lay face down before the Lord, saying “Now bless the Lord your God.” (1 Chronicles 29:30).
Joshua encountered the Commander of the army of the Lord and fell down before him in worship (Joshua 5:13-15)
The leper who came back to thank Jesus, fell at his feet to worship Him in utter gratitude.
Falling down in worship is one of the favorite expressions of the angels, four living creatures and the 24 elders (Revelation 5:8,14; 19:4) We’d better get used to it!
Recently, several churches joined together for an evening of worship, healing and prayer. As worship began, leaders from the represented churches were asked to come and prostrate themselves before the Lord for one song. It was a powerful expression of humility and worship, declaring that the night wasn’t about any one person or church, but that Jesus alone was our leader.
What are you desperate for? How grateful are you? How low are you willing to go? Let’s get on our faces before Him!