Ephesians 3:14-16 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…
When’s the last time you bowed your knees to the Lord Jesus Christ?
Is this a spiritual discipline worthy of pursuit?
Is it a requirement for growth?
This is the question that I was faced with recently and something I found myself desiring to rebel against. I can pray lying in my bed, I can pray driving to work, I can pray doing anything, in fact I’m to pray without ceasing and I can do that almost anywhere and anytime. Yes, that is true right?
But what is it about humbling yourself and actually climbing out of bed to get down on your knees and seek God in prayer that really focuses your attention? I agree that it’s not a requirement; we have lots of scriptural examples. However I want to say this plainly, it should be a regular part of your spiritual life and I mean often. Why?
Well Paul is telling us why. “For this reason” is the answer. That “He” would grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened. It’s so obvious and it’s so simple that we can easily miss it. Who doesn’t want to be strengthened in their Christian walk? Of course we want that but what we really want is for God just to zap us and we be strengthened. That would be a lot easier.
That’s the problem. We always want the easy way out. I don’t want to work at this, it would be really nice if God just took that away from me or if He just gave this to me. That’s what it really comes down to lack of discipline and spiritual strength. A lack of “working out your salvation” with what? Fear and trembling says Paul.
If you would like something from God, according to His will, try spending the next 30 days on your knees each morning right when you get out of bed, seeking Him diligently with fear and trembling, on your knees, in humility. Today I testify to you that you will have a more peace and strength than you would have ever imagined.
The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer. —John Bunyan