Inside the House
The opening statement — “For this reason I kneel before the Father” — may not get our attention, especially if kneeling is part of our normal prayer discipline. But in fact it is remarkable because it was not customary for Jews to kneel in prayer. The ordinary posture was standing, just as we see pious Jews doing today before the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, rocking back and forth as they intone their prayers. Kneeling indicated an extraordinary event or an unusual passion. For example, when King Solomon prayed at the dedication of the Temple, he knelt on a wooden platform before all the people and lifted his hands to Heaven in prayer (2 Chronicles 6:13). In Gethsemane on the eve of his death Jesus fell to the ground in agonized emotion as he prayed to his father (Mark 14:35, 36). And when Paul made his tearful good-bye to the elders of Ephesus, he knelt with them and prayed (Acts 20:36–38).
Prayer for Power
Prayer for Love
human beings, made in the image of God, are wired for love and for God. Love is in our DNA. Unfortunately, our DNA has mutated and now disordered loves, crooked loves, self-centered loves, have replaced the real thing.
1) A love which is wide enough to embrace the world. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
2) A love which is long enough to last forever (1 Corinthians 13:8). As Spurgeon said, “It is so long that your old age cannot wear it out, so long your continual tribulation cannot exhaust it, your successive temptations shall not drain it dry; like eternity itself it knows no bounds.”
3) A love which is high enough to take sinners to Heaven (1 John 3:1, 2).
4) A love which is deep enough to take Christ to the very depths to reach the lowest sinner (Philippians 2:8).
Prayer for Maturity
The classes of beings referred to by the apostle have each become a πατριά ‘family’ from their relation to the πατήρ ‘father’ [Ea].