Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV – God is able. Really able.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

God is able.  Our Heavenly Father is truly able.  He spoke and all things became.  That’s pretty awe inspiring.  Now suppose we understood this truth in the deepest areas of our hearts.  Not just our mind, but in our heart.  How much more would we believe for God to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”?

Exceedingly and abundantly; words I like.  Above ALL that we ask or think. This means beyond our understanding or human capabilities to comprehend.  How?  By the power that works in us, the Holy Spirit.  For whose glory?  God’s glory.  How long?  Forever and ever and ever and ever.  Eternally.  Really, Forever?  Yes.  For all eternity, God makes this promise to us.

Now let me ask you again.  Suppose we understood the truth of our foundational verse in the deepest areas of our hearts.  What would hold us back from praying to the God of the universe, Creator of all things?  I mean really taking hold of the power of the Holy Spirit in our prayers and allowing Him to work in us.  Then believing God hears us and will answer our prayers.  How much more would we see and experience the magnitude, the glory, and the miracles of God.  I believe that we are only seeing a small fraction of what God wants to accomplish for His glory in His Church.

Scripture says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV) Here the psalmist describes his personal experience of God’s goodness. God is alive. Knowledge that God is alive comes from personal encounter of the goodness of God. You might ask, “When have I had any personal encounter with God?” If you have been saved and renewed by the Holy Spirit, you have had a personal encounter. In me, that encounter was exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could ask or think.

Friend, you and I are only one defining decision away from a totally different life. One decision. Will we choose to believe in the power of God to answer prayer or not? The size of our prayers should be relative to the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers. God is able to do more, provide more, heal more, equip more, restore more, renew more, and to save more than ALL that we can ask or think.  Let’s just believe.  Hallelujah!

Great and mighty God.  You are above all things and You desire to answer our prayers beyond our ability to understand or comprehend.  May we, Lord, fully take hold of this promise and allow Your Holy Spirit to work in us so that we can experience the magnitude of You.  Help us with our unbelief, God, that You are truly able to do the impossible.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV – God provides so much more than we ask for

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Time and time again, when we go to God in prayer, asking for provision or grace or sufficiency to get through what we are facing, He provides so much more than we ask for.  God always abounds in His grace toward us.  God is called, “The Lord who provides”, our Jehovah Jireh.

God provides for our practical needs.  “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)

God provides for our protection.  “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12 NKJV)

And God is generous to us.  “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)

Our life, from its beginning to its end, is totally dependent upon the grace of God.  We deserve nothing from God, and yet He gives to us His best and it’s always more that we can ask or imagine.  God gave us His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and to give us hope and eternal life if we believe.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)  God’s grace poured out on us compensates for all our human weaknesses.  “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) 

So what should be our attitude, our manner be, when we go to God in prayer?  Are we to expect what our own finite minds can imagine or even worse, not expect anything?  Or shall we go to God expecting big answers to our big prayers and thank Him in advance for what He will accomplish.  Listen, our prayers do not surprise God.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it over again.  Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.  God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers.  He is offended by anything less.  If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.  Why?  Because they don’t require divine intervention.

Friend, when we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us.  These moments force us to pray like everything depends on God.  They also drive us to our knees.  In times like this we move to a place of raw dependence on God and raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles.  In times like this, we find that God answers our prayers with abundance.  We are only one defining prayer away from a totally different life, a totally different circumstance, a totally different situation.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace which abounds toward us always having sufficiency in all things, no matter what we are facing, or enduring, or dealing with.  Your grace will see us through.  God help us believe that You honor big and bold prayers.  Forgive us Lord when we doubt in prayer that You will hear and answer us.  Teach us Lord to believe in the truth of Your Word and in Your faithfulness to provide all our needs.  Thank You Lord for your generosity toward us.  We give You the glory!  In Jesus Name. AMEN. 

Don’t believe me, believe God!