The Importance of Prayer, LGG 2023 – w2d4
Today’s Reading: Ephesians 3:14-19; SOAP 14-16
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he will grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, Ephesians 3:14-16
To understand the “reason” that Paul talking about when he kneels before the Father we need to look back at the previous verses, specifically verse 12 where Paul writes about coming before the Father with boldness and confidence. “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” He continues the thought here by putting it into practice. He kneels before the Father to pray. He continues on by uniting Himself to the Father in name and then praying according to His glory. He prays specifically for strength and power, but notice how even Paul’s requests draws the focus to the Father as he acknowledges the power would come through God’s Spirit. What a powerful and God honoring prayer that we would do well to model. I couldn’t help but think of another verse as I was writing – one that is most likely very familiar to you as well.
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
The above comments were written when I was soaping this verse a year ago. My observations this time around were very much the same but also included the following:
- looking back to verse 1 for insight to the phrase, “For this reason”, which could also include his opening words – “For the sake of the Gentiles”. focusing on the goal to reach all people with the Gospel message.
- Noting, as I have before, that the posture of kneeling is believed to be a gesture of attributing lordship to God
- However, perhaps the best additional nugget of truth was a deeper look at his particular prayer that they be strengthened with power through His Spirit, “in the inner person”. As noted above, Paul was drawing the focus to the Father and acknowledging the power would come from His Spirit, but how sweet is this last little phrase that serves as a reminder that “it’s who’s on the inside that makes us strong and able.”
- Without His Spirit living in us we would not remember or understand what has been written in His Word – John 14:26
- We would not be able to approach His throne – certainly not with confidence and boldness 1 John 5:14-15
- We would not be able to claim with Paul, that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – Phil 4:13
- We would not have everything we need for a godly life or be able to participate in the divine nature – 2 Peter 1:3-4
- We would not be able to claim the promises of benefits in this life and in the life to come – 1 Tim 4:8
- We would not know peace of mind and heart – John 14:16-30 (27)
Sweet stuff – right? These are the truths we must cling to, they are the truths that should move us to live and pray as Paul did. They are the truths we should share with others
Father, help us not just to come boldly but to come with confidence and not just to come with confidence but with the distinct purpose of reaching all people with the message of the Gospel. Help us to live and to pray in the Spirit – to continually be growing and straining toward the righteousness you desire for Your children – for we are called by Your name – saved by the blood of Your Son, and filled with Your Spirit in who we are made strong and able! – Amen, In Jesus’ Name –
Heres a little line from a song that came to mind as I was writing … “My God is so big so strong and [able] there’s nothing that He cannot do …” May it get stuck in your head and lived out in your life and prayers.