...and some further ruminations of my own.
Pastor Gleason pointed out: It is possible to bend the knee of the body and not bend the knee of the heart; the converse, however, is not true. The one who refuses (not those who cannot) to bend the knee of the body before the Lord does not bend the knee of the heart.
I've been thinking about that a bit lately. About how I have a tendency to ignore the very physical prescriptions of our Catechism in teaching. I mean, there are physical instructions given with morning and evening prayer. To stand or kneel by your bed, to make the sign of the holy cross. And with the meals, to come to the table and reverently fold the hands. It would be utterly wrong to say that those who follow these outward marks of piety and reverence are automatically doing them inwardly; but it would be just as wrong to suggest that they are unimportant and dispensable (a la the WELS version of the Small Catechism). They discipline our bodies in reverence. Dr. Luther and the Lutheran Church with him thought that was important.
It particularly hits me when I'm laying in bed at night - for that's when I usually pray the evening prayers. PRONE IN BED. The more I think of it, the more my conscience tells me to get out of bed and kneel and make the sign of the cross physically upon myself and speak the words ALOUD. There's wisdom in the Catechism, if I would just heed it.