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"Do You Know What a Prie-Dieu Is?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

When I was the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Springhill, Louisiana, two church members gave me a really nice gift: a kneeler, also called a prie-dieu. This is a piece of furniture that is used to kneel when praying. It is often found in churches and chapels.

I am not trying to sound pious, but I have regularly used this beautiful kneeler for many years. I use it on Saturday evening after reviewing my sermon and again on Sunday morning before driving to church for the worship services.

Of course, there is nothing magical about it. It just puts me in the posture of kneeling before God. Of course, you can pray standing up or sitting down or kneeling. You can pray with your eyes closed or open. You can pray while driving the car (just don’t close your eyes) or taking a morning walk. The important thing is simply to pray.

Ruth Bell Graham was the wife of the famous evangelist Billy Graham. She wrote: “We cannot pray and remain the same. We cannot pray and have our homes remain the same. We cannot pray and have the world around us remain the same. God has decreed to act in response to prayer. God commands us to ask. And Satan trembles for fear we will.”

That is certainly the teaching of scripture. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to “pray at all times.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)

I am thankful to Kent and John for their friendship and for a precious gift that keeps on giving.

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