Seeking in Humble Adoration
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:14-16). How satisfied are you with your prayer life? Most of us know we fall short in this important discipline. Even the most mature believers recognize their need for improvement and one method for improving is to examine the prayers of others in scripture and use them as a model. Many of Paul’s prayers are recorded throughout the epistles and they provide some very good insight on how to pray. In today’s passage, we see two fundamentals for powerful and effective prayer.
First, we see Humble Adoration. Paul’s posture of bending his knees serves as a reminder of his submissive position before God. He knew there was nothing in him that would cause God to hear and respond. He knew that he had access to almighty God only through his relationship with Jesus. Of all the pictures from our childhood, today I cherish this old photo of me and my brother on bent knees humbly seeking the Lord just as we were taught.
Second, we see Paul’s Focus on the Father. The foundation of his prayer life was the Trinity. Paul understood that God the Father adopts all believers into His family for eternity and that there are glorious riches found through God the Son, and that God the Holy Spirit has endless power. The prayerful petitions Paul made for the Ephesians was based on God’s unlimited abilities, resources, and power. As Gods children, we too can confidently approach His throne of grace at any time but we must also remember that we are but servants and that He is our Holy God, so always seek Him in humble adoration.
Grace and peace always,