I Need to Kneel More
First, I would like to thank you for allowing me to be part of your day! I am so thankful for each one of you! I pray that God draws you closer to Him and blesses you today!
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Now let’s take the first sentence and talk a little about it:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father…”
Kneeling – how often do we kneel these days – even when we pray? I rarely kneel and I know my prayer life is less rich because of it. Kneeling is an attitude of the heart as well as a position of the body. Bowing down before God helps me to almost automatically get a better perspective on who God is and who I am. I am not saying that standing or sitting and praying is wrong, not at all, but when I am at my most broken is when I kneel. I feel the need to kneel when I feel desperately powerless and heart-sick about something.
Strange, huh? I am always desperately powerless, even though I do not always feel that way. This is very humbling – right now – to me! I am always powerless to solve problems. I need God’s intervention or I would just do it myself… right? Wrong! I simply do not always feel as powerless as I am. I need to kneel because I need to keep things in perspective.
As a dear pastor friend of ours often says: “You are God and I am not. and I need You again today!”
Yes… I desperately need Him… every single minute, every single day.
Where in the World?
The Book of Ephesians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the young church in the city of Ephesus in what is now Turkey. It sits on the coast of the Aegean Sea just north of the Mediterranean Sea.
In verse 14: Paul is humbling himself before God and to me, it sounds like he is almost begging God for something.
Now to Verse 15:
“…from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”
This verse points back to the Father in verse 14, obviously, but what name is the verse talking about?
As I have thought about that, and read other translations, I have found that in the King James Version it says: “…is named” instead of derived its name.
Clearly, this points to the name of Christ as the name for which all His people in heaven and on earth are named. We are named Christians. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three parts in one. They think and act in perfect unity. They really are one. So it makes sense that Christian would be the name Paul speaks of – even though he references the Father.
If it seems like I am making a big deal out of nothing think about it this way: Every single word in Scripture is significant. God does not waste anything. There are deeply significant truths in even short seemingly simple verses. We just need to slow down, think about what we read and study His beautiful precious Word.
We are going to stop here for today. We will pick up with verse 16 next time. As we pray and read God’s Word, may we have the right heart attitude. And, as for me? I need to spend more time on my knees.
Dear Lord, thank You so very much for Your beautiful Word. Thank You that You give us minds to ponder it and thank You that the Holy Spirit helps us to understand it and apply it to our lives. As we study and seek You, please, help us to understand it correctly and never assume or put wrong words “in Your mouth”. Help us to get it the way You intend for us to get it and help us live it out in obedience. Please make us what You want us to be and help us to grow in our knowledge and love for You. Be glorified in our lives and help us to be completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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