On My Knees

David Mojica

Read: Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father . . . that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (v. 14)

The apostle Paul spent a lot of time on his knees praying, often from a prison cell as in today’s passage. In his prayer for the believers in the wealthy port city of Ephesus, Paul’s prayer is basically this: “Oh God, may they know you, and not only about you!” Perhaps more than any other activity, it is in prayer that we get to know God more intimately. In his book Knowing God, Christian theologian J. I. Packer says, “What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it—the fact that he knows me” (p. 41). Why is Paul on his knees? He wants God’s agenda to be at the forefront of every faith community.

The more Paul realized God’s purpose in his life, the deeper and more robust his intercession became. When we find ourselves literally on our knees, somehow we can better express proper humility and devotion to God. A kneeling posture in prayer shows an attitude of reverence and submission. Even if we can’t physically kneel down, we can bow our heads in times of dire need and acknowledge with our hearts that everything we need comes only from our heavenly Father. And the goal, says Paul, is that we “may be filled with all the fullness of God.” —David Mojica

Prayer: Lord, let me comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ. Amen.