Saint Matthew’s Churches Prayer Rug Inspires Us to Kneel in Worship"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." (Psalm 95:6-7)
Jesus is our King and He deserves our wholehearted worship. When we kneel or bow down before Him, with or without a St Matthew’s Churches prayer rug, our body language acknowledges His worthiness and our unworthiness to be in His presence. An example recalled by St Matthew’s Churches is the response of the Magi - "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him." (Matthew 2:11)
Many people use a prayer cloth or a St Matthew’s Churches prayer rug when they kneel or bow down in worship. Some use a St Matthew’s Churches prayer rug to kneel on while they pray. Some individuals, due to physical infirmities, are unable to physically kneel on a prayer rug in worship and simply hold the Saint Matthew’s Churches prayer rug. God doesn't require the use of a St Matthew’s Churches prayer rug in prayer or worship; nor does He require a prayer rug to kneel before Him. However, Saint Matthew’s Churches believes that the act of kneeling, with or without a prayer rug, is a state of humble submission before God. If you desire to kneel but are physically unable to do so, Saint Matthew’s Churches suggests that you envision yourself kneeling before God.
A prayer rug, similar to the one provided in the Saint Matthew’s Churches prayer rug letter, has been around for many years. It is likely that Daniel used a prayer rug. The Bible tells us that “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God …”
Saint Matthew’s Churches believes that Solomon might have used a prayer rug. In 1 Kings 8:54, we read "When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven." A practical side of using a prayer rug is many people find that having a physical point of contact, such as a St Matthew’s Churches prayer rug, helps them to maintain concentration in prayer, without distraction.
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“Enter his gates with
thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him
and praise his name.