August 19, 2013

Read Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Answer these questions from the verses you just read: You may want to read this entire prayer of Paul to gain context – Ephesians 3:14-21.
  • Who is able to do immeasurably more?
  • According to what?
  • Who is the power at work within?
  • Who receives glory?
So many times in our lives we try to limit God, especially in our prayer lives. We come to Him with a litany of things we think He needs to do for us, half-heartedly believing that He’ll respond. Often, we take things into our own hands even after we’ve “released” them to God.
Do you have any idea why we do that? I believe, in part, it is because we fail to stop and remember two important things … Who God is, and that He is able.
I know I often get so caught up in my own pride, my own abilities and my own self-sufficiency that I forget that HE can do immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine. Is this true of you?
It’s important that we all remember that He is God and we’re not! He is all- powerful, almighty and all-knowing. He is El Shaddai, the all-sufficient one. He is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. He is a God that loves us in a way that we can’t fully understand!
Verse 20 goes on to say that He does all these unimaginable things according to HIS power at work within us. His Power … that tells me that what is accomplished all rests in and on Him, not in and on me. He does it, I don’t. And why is that? Verse 21 tells us, “… to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
He does it; He gets the glory, and all I do is pray, believe, and obey. It’s all … Unto Him!
  • List areas in your life where you are limiting God?
  • Are you praying with expectancy, believing God’s power to accomplish His will in your situation? If not, why not?
  • When you see God accomplish an amazing work, do you give Him the glory?

In your prayer time this week, meditate on Ephesians 3:14-21. Boldly ask the Lord 
to do immeasurably more than you can imagine, believing He will accomplish it.

For more information on learning to meditate on God’s Word, click here.  
Jacqueline C. Heider 
Director of Discipleship & Women’s Ministry