I have a friend who inserts scripture in all her prayers. I am always in awe of her prayer life and how powerful her prayers are as a result of using scripture in her prayers. This is only possible because she has spent time memorizing scripture and applying it to her life. I have learned from her example and have started to use scripture more often in my prayers. When you really think about it, there is nothing more powerful to say or pray than God's own Word. We don't need to try to come up with anything else or try to make our prayer sound intelligent because God's Word is life and power and it is all we need. The section of scripture that I am looking at today is a prayer that I pray over my family and myself because it clearly describes where every Christ follower should be. Please look up Ephesians 3:14-21.
"When I think of all this..." I just want to quickly review what Paul is thinking about. Paul just explained that we (all who believe Christ) are united with Christ into one unique body of Christ called the church. Because of this unity, we are able to go with confidence before the King of Kings with our prayers. That is amazing! Verse 15 caught my attention because there was a pretty significant difference between the NLT and NIV. After looking it up in the Greek, the NIV probably translates it more accurately. The problem with translating; however, is that we miss out the richness of what a word can mean because we need to put the closest English word to it. This verse is a good example of that because the word that is used for family is patria. Patria does mean family; however it also can mean lineage or tracing back our ancestry. Progenitor is used as part of the definition which according to dictionary.com means "a person or thing that first indicates direction, or serves as a model, originates something," (see footnote 1).
Basically, we are reminded in verse 15 that God is the Father and Creator of all. I love how rich this word is because when we look at the definition, we see how it describes God in such a beautiful way in relation to us. He is our Creator, but He also serves as our model for how we should be living and gives us direction. Basically, Paul is saying something like, "I kneel before the Father, who is our Creator, our model, the One who sets our days, the One for whom everything in heaven and on earth is named..." The phrase "derives its name" comes from the word onomazō which means to be named, but it also means "to bear the name of a person or thing," (see footnote 2). Let that soak in and think about it for a minute. Consider for a moment that you bear the name of your Creator. That is so incredible! Then think on how that knowledge should be determining your steps and behavior today.
Do you reflect the fact that you bear the Name of your Creator?
Linking up with Thought Provoking Thursday and Spiritual Sundays.
1. progenitor. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/progenitor (accessed: October 12, 2011).
2. Blue Letter Bible. "Dictionary and Word Search for onomazō (Strong's 3687)". Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2011. 12 Oct 2011. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?