Spiritual Meaning of Bowing & Kneeling Down

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Bowing or Kneeing before God symbolizes worship and honor to God. Kneeing during prayer or worship is a sign of humility, that we humble ourselves before Him and recognize His lordship. There are many scriptures in the bible that prove this fact, including the popular “every knee shall by at the mention of the name of Jesus”…this symbolizes worship. In most cases, you will find that kneeing was followed by praying or making a request.

I the same vain, kneeing before man, especially one that is not influenced by the Holy Spirit at the time of the act, means worship of man. People do this to beg, please or ask for something.

In modern times, men go on their knees to propose to a woman whom they want to marry them.

In some cultures, it is their tradition to bow or knee down before men, some even lay down (prostrate). This to them is a sign of submission or humility and respect for the person to whom they are bowing for.

Bowing & Kneeing is a place of worship, or total humility, an act of worship to God; and humility or submission to man. Consider the following scriptures to enhance your understanding.

  • Matthew 27:29 –And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
  • Mark 5:6 – Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;
  • Mark 10:17 – As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
  • Luke 5:8-But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!”
  • 2 Kings 1:13 – So he again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him and said to him, “O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.
  • Matthew 18:26-“So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’
  • Daniel 6:10-Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
  • Matthew 9:18-While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.”
  • Ephesians 3:14-For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
  • 1 Kings 8:54-When Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven.
  • 2 Chronicles 6:13-Now Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
  • Ezra 9:5-But at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;
  • Matthew 8:2-And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
  • Matthew 15:25-But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
  • Matthew 17:14-When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying,
  • Matthew 20:20-Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
  • Luke 22:41-And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
  • Acts 7:60-Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.
  • Acts 9:40-But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
  • Acts 20:36-When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
  • Acts 21:5-When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.
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