For this reason I kneel before the Father. . . .
— Ephesians 3:14
A friend who is a chiropractor gave me some wonderful insight about attitude posture. He got it from an encounter with Dr. Plentz. Dr. Plentz said that when you stand in an upright position with your chest up and out, it not only improves your spinal-biomechanics and reduces stress on your disc joints, but it actually also improves your mood.
Picture an Olympic diver, in position and ready to dive. They are standing in the posture that directly reflects their mindset.
I think Paul is telling us something similar here in Ephesians. Our posture matters. It matters especially in our attitude of prayer. What is our mindset, and how are we positioned? Sometimes our posture in prayer may be about being on our knees, but even more important is the posture of our heart. When we submit our heart and our will to God in faith, we begin to understand our position in Christ. We know we have gone from death to life and are now seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). This means we can walk in a way of life that pleases God. And because of that, we can stand firm against the evil one.
As we align our spiritual mindset with our posture in prayer, we are ready to dive into the possibilities of life-giving conversation with God.
God, thank you for the opportunity to be courageous as we bow to you in prayer, knowing that as we submit to you, we are stepping into all that you have for us. Amen.