Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3: 14-20
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” (Ephesians 3:14)
Our passage today is actually a prayer that Paul prayed for the readers of his epistle. Studying this prayer will help us grow in our prayer lives. Paul was a man of prayer. He recognized the great power that comes from power. Prayer is a way for us to commune with God. It brings us into a greater awareness of His presence. God delights in our prayers. He wants us to cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7). We must also remember that prayer is a way that we can express our praise and thanksgiving to God. It allows us to be honest with God as we confess our sins and weaknesses.
Paul had just mentioned that we who are in Christ have bold and confident access to God — “This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him” (vs. 11,12). We have access to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ. This is why we end most of our prayers in the name of Jesus. It is a way to express our understanding that Christ makes access to the Father possible.
Prayer is essential for spiritual development. It is one of the primary means of growth, along with Bible reading and meditation. If you look at the great moments of spiritual renewal throughout history, you will find that all of them were centered in prayer. And if you look at some of the giants of the faith, you will notice that they were men and women of prayer.
Let me leave you with two quotes about prayer:
“Prayer is the most important work in the kingdom of God. It is our Lord’s will that we should enter into this work as soon as we have been won for God.” (O. Hallesby)
“Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God.” (Martin Luther)
Heavenly Father, thank You for the great privilege of prayer. Thank You that I have bold and confident access to You through faith in my Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You for allowing me to cast all my cares upon You. I know that You care for me. Today I come climbing up into Your heart. Hear my prayers, Lord. In the name of Jesus, I pray.