Bow the knee
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, Ephesians 3:14 & 15
This is the passage of scripture where Paul, once again, is praying for the church at Ephesus. It is an earnest prayer as evident in Paul’s posture. He is bowing his knee to His Heavenly Father. This isn’t a casual, “on the way” prayer. You know the kind of prayer you pray while you are “on the way” somewhere? Don’t get me wrong, I almost always pray “on the way” to wherever I am going, so I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do that. However, this prayer is a purposeful, set aside and intentional prayer. Paul bows down. Not only in honor and to reverence our LORD, but also to not be distracted and for a specific purpose. It is extremely important to him to pray for this group of people. So he takes the stance of “pressing in” to God by setting special time aside to bow down and talk with God about their needs.
This is something we all definitely should be imitating. Not just for our own problems either. We need to take this stance daily to pray for others that God has placed in our lives. Pray for family members to be saved, pray for neighbors to be healed, pray for friends to be delivered and pray for the church to be effective. Purposeful prayer should be a priority in all our lives and should happen everyday. If you don’t have a time scheduled in your day that you dedicate to just giving your attention to God and nothing else, start doing it today. First thing in the morning is the best, because you can get up earlier than the rest of the house and have quiet undistracted time. You may have to shut down a little earlier the night before, but it will be worth it. I find my quiet time has become the most important time of the day. When I make it the first thing in the morning, I can send the Holy Spirit ahead of me in the day and have me in the right place at the right time with the right people.
Today I want to encourage you to pray fervently for others. Take a faith posture of bowing the knee so you can totally focus and glorify your Heavenly Father. Set aside that special intimate time each day to be alone with God and make Him the priority of your day, everyday. Begin to have a heart for those God has put into your life to encourage and that will start as you pray for them. Don’t waste anymore breath on casual, unanswered and selfish prayers, follow the direction in James 5 that says: The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous (in right standing with God) man avails much.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 3:1-15