Fall on Your Knees
Read Ephesians 3:14-15
For this reason I bow my knees before my Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…
Why might Paul get on his knees before his Father? What does the posture of kneeling during prayer demonstrate?
How do you usually pray? Do you fold your hands and close your eyes? Do you pray silently as you go about your daily activities? Or, do you bow your knees before your Father as Paul does here?
It’s important to point out that the Bible does not state that there is only one right posture to assume when you pray. Here, Paul has chosen to kneel before his Father. Kneeling is typically a sign of humility. For example, a servant may bow before his master as a sign of respect and humble service. Paul went on to describe the Father as the one from whom “every family in heaven and on earth is named”.
Remember back in the Garden of Eden when God gave Adam dominion over the animals? One of the ways Adam exercised that authority is by naming them. By pointing out that God names “every family in heaven and on earth”, Paul is stressing the Father’s sovereignty and dominion over all - even the spiritual realm.
Look back at Ephesians 3:12 from yesterday. Paul had said that because of Christ, we can come before the Father boldly and with confidence. But if we follow Paul’s example, we should be careful not to confuse confidence with arrogance.
In Christ, we should have confidence that the Father hears us and that He will accept us. We can boldly come before Him and ask for what we need. But we should not forget who we are talking to. He is also the Creator of the world. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He has dominion over everything. But He is still good, loving, and exceptionally patient. That is reason enough to fall to your knees, friends.
Father God, You are strong, mighty, all-powerful, and all-knowing. You have dominion over every single thing. So, I fall on my knees to worship and thank You for who You are and what You have done for me. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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