Paul always began with prayer. We must emphasize this point. We need to understand more about the ministry of prayer. I am convinced that we need a great deal more understanding of what prayer does and how it works. Evidently, Paul understood this, because he is never very far from prayer for those he was concerned. He understood that this was an essential ingredient to the solution of their problems. Not only for them but for him, as an apostle. He needed them to pray for him, and he asked for it again and again.
We need to catch the overwhelming significance of our prayers. When someone’s faith is falling apart, and they are overwhelmed, is the perfect time to pray for them. Notice that Paul was praying “to the Father.” Jews typically did not pray with their knees bowed. Many years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to think of kneeling while we prayed, but so, in our modern days. But it more common for Jews to pray while standing and their arms outstretched to God. The only time someone would bow their knees or lie prostrate before God is if it was something of a very deep, intense concern; this is the position Paul took.
No, it doesn’t matter how you pray. You choose, you can stand while you pray or you can sit. It doesn’t matter. Your posture isn’t a concern. I often pray while driving or sitting on the John or while sitting on our couch.
Nevertheless, Paul stresses the earnestness of his prayer:
When I think of the greatness of this great plan, I fall on my knees before God the Father (from whom all fatherhood, earthly or heavenly, derives its name). I pray that out of the glorious richness of his resources he will enable you to know the strength of the spirit’s inner re-inforcement—that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith (Ephesians 3:14-17)
When we think of a symbol of a father, He is the one we see — He is the perfect example of what it means to be a father. Yahweh is our Father! We can see His concern, His provision, His loving guidance, and faithfulness. We can see His pleasures, and desire for communion. That is fatherhood! Our Father wants you to remember that when your spiritual life is falling apart, when you feel cold and stare off like a zombie, and losing heart and feel like giving up. When you are saying it’s time to throw the ball to the catcher and quit, then that is the time to turn to your Father. Yahweh is our Father, and He is the very essence of fatherhood.
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