Praying to the Father
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-15
Prayer for Spiritual Strength
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, (ESV)
How important is prayer? Why then do we pray so little? Have you stopped to think about these two things? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones stresses the importance of prayer and how we pray from Paul’s example here to the Ephesians in chapter 3 verses 14-15. Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses prayer in three important principles from this passage. First, it is important to see here that the apostle Paul is praying for the Ephesians. Even in the midst of his imprisonment he is praying. Prayer is a vital necessity for every believer in every circumstance. Second, Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks us to look at the manner in which Paul is praying. He is praying with reverence. Though he has just mentioned earlier in the chapter that we can come to God in prayer with boldness he shows here a heart of humility in how he approaches God in prayer. We should be careful to evaluate how we are coming to God in prayer. It is not necessarily about our outward posture, but our inward posture, are we humbled in spirit before our Holy God when we come to Him in prayer? Lastly, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out the importance for Paul’s description of God here in the passage. He speaks of Him as being the Father of all. Jews and Gentiles alike are now fellow heirs, children of God, bearing the name of God and addressing Him as their Father.