STRONGER ON MY KNEES
Read Romans 5: 1-5
Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised
his God three times [each] day.
Having put all five of us children and all our belongings
into the cart, my father helped my mother get onto the carabao
some places. Father prodded the carabao to go faster because
we had to cross the river before it became impassable. Going
up the riverbank on the steep and slippery trail was diffi-
cult. Suddenly my younger brother cried out, “Father, look!
The carabao is kneeling. It can’t pull us up anymore!” Father
looked back at us in the cart. “Don’t worry, son,” he said. “The
carabao is strongest when it kneels.”
I watched the carabao as it struggled on the slippery trail
one step at a time. It would stop, kneel, strain, get up slowly
and pull, until we were over the top. The carabao’s strength
came from kneeling, just as Father had said. Each time it knelt,
it pulled us up farther and faster.
That was many years ago. I often think of the carabao as I
pass through difficult times in my personal life. I, too, have
discovered extraordinary strength when I get down on my
knees in prayer.
Prayer: Dear God, help us find strength in prayer. Amen.
Phebe Gamata Crismo (Bulacan, Philippines)
Prayer Focus: MINISTERS SERVING IN REMOTE AREAS
— Daniel 6: 10 (CEB)
Thought for the Day
We are strongest when we are
on our knees in prayer.