“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, he closed his letter with this prayer. What an encouragement to them, and to the church today! God is able to do much more than we can ask or think “according to the power at work within us” (v. 20). Paul is not kidding or boasting here, since he wrote this letter while imprisoned. Do you feel hopeless, powerless, stuck? You are not! In the beginning of this letter, Paul wrote:
“…. I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,” – Ephesians 1:16-19
This is what we as believers need to know and OWN. We all have moments when we feel weak, but don’t dwell on that thought or emotion, choosing instead to focus our mind on truth. The truth is we CAN ask God to do the impossible because of Christ’s resurrection power in us. I want this rich inheritance of mine, the power that will help me grow in wisdom and knowledge, to overcome, to continue the race. The letters written by Paul while in prison and in chains fully bear witness to this truth, having encouraged and comforted generations of Christians to this day. In this way, God is glorified through each Christ follower, and through the church body. Knowing that you too possess such great power at your disposal, what will you ask of God that will bring Him glory?
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
Pray for specific people you know; neighbors, friends or those you see when you walk. Or, pray for opportunities to get to know your neighbors better.