For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,…
There was an old clergyman who was much troubled because his wife would sit in church instead of kneeling. He spoke about it to her, but she gave no heed. No; she was more comfortable sitting, and she thought she could pray just as well in one position as another. "You may pray as well," he said, "but I doubt you're being heard as well." However, it was no good; he might just as well have spoken to a stone wall. So then he went one day to his wife's old servant, and said to her, "Hannah, I will give you a crown if you will go to my wife, and sit down on the sofa at her side, and ask her to give you a holiday tomorrow, because you want to go home to your friends." Hannah was shy. However, the prospect of the crown encouraged her, and she opened the door timidly, went in, and walking up to the sofa, where her mistress was knitting, sat down at her side. The old lady looked up in great astonishment, and asked what in the world she wanted. "A holiday tomorrow, ma'am." "Leave the room instantly, you impudent woman," exclaimed the old lady, "and if you want to have a request granted, learn to ask it in a proper manner." Then the husband put his head in and said, "My dear! is not this preaching to Hannah the lesson I have been preaching to you for years? If you want to have a request granted, learn to ask it in a proper manner." Next Sunday, and ever after, the old lady knelt in church. She saw it would not do to treat Jesus Christ in that way in which she did not like at all to be treated herself.
Parallel VersesKJV: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,