What is your cause?

This week’s post is familiar truth and falls under the category of things that we need to be reminded of once in a while.

Recently, when reading a book on prayer, I was suddenly struck by these three words ‘For this reason’, written by the Apostle Paul and recorded in Ephesians 3:14 -15’. In fact the full reference is ‘For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’. Paul was essentially referring to the cause and purpose that motivated him to bow the knee in prayer.

A few verses earlier in Ephesians 3:8-11, Paul was referring to the specific work that God had given him to do – mainly in bringing the gospel to the gentiles, to demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God. Paul’s prayer had a specific objective, as revealed by the words ‘For this reason’ and this purpose relates to the eternal plan of God and the assignment that God has given him to do.

This got me thinking about my ‘cause’. What is the ‘cause’ that makes me bow my knees in prayer? Of course, on a daily basis, we have needs that relate to daily living, most of which bring before the Lord in prayer g e.g. the need for job, finances, healing etc. However, Paul was focusing his prayer here on things that have an eternal value.

As I personally reflected on this question, I started asking myself the following questions:

  1. What is the ‘cause’ that I am carrying? I was reminded of the scripture that we should set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2).
  2. Does this ‘cause’ drive me to my knees?
  3. How does my  ‘cause’ compare to the instruction in Matthew 6:3 ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God’?

I cast my mind back to my prayer sessions and discovered that there were some overarching themes that was always present in my prayer life. They were my ‘causes’ that drove me to my knees and which came under the microscope of the three questions above.

The question I would like to challenge you with is this ‘Does your sense of divine purpose literally ‘explode’ in you when you pray? Does it drive you to our knees?

You align yourself with His purpose each time you bow your knee before Him with the same motivation that Paul had. When you are in harmony with God’s purpose, there is no way that you can fail in life, because God declares that His purpose will succeed.

‘Surely as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand’  (Isaiah 14:24)

King David was a man who was in harmony with God’s purpose and the epitaph of his life was that he served the purpose of God in his generation (Acts 13:36).

Let the reason for bowing the knee, be to accomplish His eternal plan. May our ‘cause’ always drive us to our knees.

So until I appear again in your inbox, stay blessed


Please note that I came across a useful discussion on whether your business has an eternal perspective and what this might mean in practice. I recommend you visit the blog at


About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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