For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,…
1. Ministers must pray for their people as well as teach them.
(1) Whatsoever we do, yet people's untowardness is such, that they have no ability to entertain it fruitfully.
(2) Whatsoever we do, yet it is but planting and watering, and all is nothing, if God bless not.
(3) We must also pray that our own wants may be supplied.
(4) As ministers are the mouth of God to the people, so they are the mouth of the people to God.
(5) Ministers are co-workers with God, and it is chiefly God's work, and the people are God's husbandry and God's building.
2. In prayer we must compose our outward man to due reverance, for the body as well as the soul has been redeemed.
(1) Outward gestures are to express inward affections.
(2) And to stir them up.
3. Kneeling is the most fitting attitude.
4. Yet there are some cautions to which we must pay attention.
(1) We must take heed not to rest in outward gestures and attitudes. The humiliation and prostration of the heart must go along with that of the body.
(2) If, for any reason, we are prevented from kneeling or other expressions of reverence, we must not therefore neglect prayer.
Parallel VersesKJV: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,