Praying God’s Word 6–The Benediction

The Benediction

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that You would grant _____ according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might through Your Spirit in their inner man, that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith; that they, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that they may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. And to Him who is able to keep _____ from stumbling, And to present them faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. (Eph. 3:14-21; 1 Tim. 1:17; Jude 24.)

 

Bowing Before God

The Benediction

THE BENEDICTION

The benediction, ending of the Scripture Prayer for Freedom needs little narrative. Approaching the Creator of all the ends of the earth, the same God who spoke creation into existence; the same God to whom Abraham boldly posed the question “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25) and the God who Moses dared to ask “Show me your Kavod—Your Weighty Glory!” And God acquiesced, passing by Moses in the cleft of the rock speaking of Himself as He walked past: “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.…” (Ex. 34:6-7)—this is the same God to whom we pray. This is the same God whose very words we are speaking out and as we close this prayer for freedom, the benediction/doxology is the bowing down, laying down of our own plans and agendas and the ways in which we think He should act, submitting everything to this great God. This is Shakah “fall face down” worship.

Read the words that we are asking of this great God—and see if it is possible to read each word, with the whole heart and remain standing. The very grandeur of this prayer stops us in our terribly hurried lives and bends our knees to God. We bow our knees to Him, entering into another dimension—His dimension which is comprised of width, length, depth and height—this His eternal realm—He is eternity.

The kernel of this prayer is in the clause that Christ may make his home in the believer’s heart through faith. The previous petitions lead up to this. Note the apostle’s attitude—with bended knee; his plea with God—He is the Father from whom all family love emanates; his measure—the wealth of God’s glorious perfection; the necessary prerequisite to Christ’s indwelling—the penetration of our inmost being with the strength of the Holy Spirit. And then note the outcome: The indwelling Christ intends that we shall be rooted and grounded in love. When this is the case, we shall understand his love; and when we experience and know Christ’s love, we shall be as completely filled in our little measure as God is in his great measure.

Faith opens the door to the Spirit; the Spirit reveals Christ; Christ fills the heart; the heart begins to understand love; and love is the medium through which we become infilled with God, for God is love. It is staggering to ask all this; but the God who works in us with such power is able to do more than we ask, more than we think—abundantly more, exceeding abundantly more. (F.B. Meyer).

Is there any loftier request to be made than this? That they (and we) would be filled with all the fullness of God! And then to acknowledge who this King of glory is—eternal, immortal, invisible, who alone is wise, who is able to keep this beloved soul from stumbling and to present them faultless before the presence of His glory—with exceeding joy—His joy! We are not groveling before a remote, emotionally distant God who is reluctant to answer—we are bowing before Him who created us, and asking that the very thing that brings Him joy will be accomplished in those for whom we pray.

May we never grow weary of bowing before this compassionate and gracious God, who is slow to anger, who is abounding in love and faithfulness, who maintains love to thousands and forgives our great revolt and our everyday sins.

Amen.

 

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