Methodists, by and large, have usually received the holy sacrament while kneeling at an altar rail. Only the few who were unable to kneel were given the elements while standing.

The virus madness has changed all that. These days some pastors deliver the sacrament through a car window during a “drive by” communion service. This serves to remind us that what matters is not the position of the body, but the attitude of the soul as a believer partakes of this means of grace.

Growing up a Methodist, I did not perceive kneeling to receive the sacrament as kneeling to pray. But on Sunday nights, the pastor often “opened the altar for prayer” by inviting one and all to come kneel and pray while quiet music was played.

Though doing so was often meaningful to me, that was about the only time I ever saw people kneeling to pray.

When our children were small, I often knelt beside their bed to pray for and with them. But my kneeling was not so much out of reverence as it was simply a convenient way to be near each child while praying.

Then God began showing me that earnest prayer born out of great need may often drive us to our knees in prayer. I hasten to say that what matters most in prayer is the attitude of the heart, not one’s posture in prayer. Even so, there is something about praying on our
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