I remember in college a friend told me she was praying for an Ephesians 3:20. At the time, I was not familiar with the verse and so I just went along with it and said, “that’s good!”
Later, I looked up Ephesians 3:20 in my Bible and for the first time in my life, I saw what Paul had written and I thought wow! I want this too!
So, right there in my dorm room – at the age of 19 – I prayed that God would do an Ephesians 3:20 in my life.
Now, fast forward 27 years and I can say that God has answered that prayer beyond what I could have ever asked or imagined.
Friends, in the next few months I am going to share some news with you that I never saw coming in my life. I’ll share a bit more at the end of this post but first…
Let’s take a look at Ephesians 3:20 together and see what it says. Paul writes:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Paul says – God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.
Let’s break Ephesians 3:20 down for a moment:
1.) Able – The word “able” here is in present tense. God is continually able!
2.) To Do – The word “do” is an action word but it is not completed yet. God is able to accomplish or do something in the future.
3.) Far More Abundantly – This triple emphasis of the words “far more abundantly” intensifies the abundance that is possible through God. God’s ability exceeds any number, measure or degree that we can humanly expect. What God can do is not ordinary – it’s extraordinary and in excess compared to what I can do on my own.
4.) Than All I Can Ask – We do not need to be afraid to pray and ask God for our deepest needs. He is able to answer far beyond what we have even asked for. So keep praying!
5.) Or Think – God can do far beyond what we can imagine or understand with our human mind. God can exceed our expectations.
6.) According to the Power – The word “power” here means the capacity of a great force. God is powerful! He controls the universe. His capacity and ability to work in our lives is beyond what we can comprehend.
7.) At Work – The word “work” here means to be effective in causing something to happen. God’s power is at work in our lives now.
8.) Within Us – Where is God’s power at work? Within us! We do not have to wait for heaven to experience this. This power is at work in our lives now.
Is God’s power at work in you or are you trying to do things on your own?
Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 17:20:
For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Do you believe?
Jesus said just a little faith – the size of a mustard seed – can move mountains!
We all have hopes and dreams and problems we wish God would turn around but sometimes we think too small or we long for things that are not God’s best. We ask God for possible things but what if God is wanting to do something impossible – beyond what you can imagine?
I wish I could say I started this ministry with great faith knowing I’d still be doing this 13 years later but I didn’t. My life has had so many crazy twists and turns since I began blogging that I could NEVER have imagined where I’d be today.
But God knew.
God knew in 2008, when I wrote my first devotional, that by 2009 the Rachel Ray Show would stumble across my little baby blog and they would invite me and my husband onto their national television show.
That was FAR beyond what I could imagine.
God knew that in 2013, I’d publish my first book.
That was FAR beyond anything I had ever asked for.
And God knew in 2014, I’d begin the challenging task of blogging through the Bible, one chapter a day, with a plan to cover the book of Job in the winter of 2016. God went before me because I could not have picked a more appropriate book to blog through, during that time in my life.
God knew that on December 22nd, 2015, I’d suffer the most painful blow of my life, when my husband of 18 years walked out the door, leaving me for another woman.
And so then, just 16 days after my husband left, I would begin leading a study though the book of Job – about a godly man whose life fell apart. I was not ready to share at that time what was happening in my home — but it bled through every blog post I wrote that year.
Here’s the first video from that study back in January of 2016.
This video is hard for me to watch. I was sharing from my own life, while also trying to hide how deeply personal this message was to me. I smiled so big through this video – I really don’t know how I did it except to say that God carried me. Because the minute I turned the camera off, I broke down in tears sobbing.
God has been with me through a long season of sleepless nights, 6 years of struggling as a single mom and painful moments of tears from betrayal, heartache, and fear of the future.
I feel like after a season that has felt like a long drought – God’s goodness and favor has shined on me in the most unimaginable way. Perhaps I should have imagined that I could love and trust again – but I really hadn’t planned on trying. I had embraced singleness with a heart of contentment.
God had a plan I could not see and he is literally doing an Ephesians 3:20 in my life right now and I am floored!!!!
I don’t really know how my story will end but I do know that God is not finished yet. And that something surprising and beautiful has unexpectedly come into my life. I wasn’t looking for it or even praying for it (but my mom was. Lol!).
I cannot wait to share more with you – I will soon!
But let me encourage you if you are in a “Job-like” season or a season of drought.
God sees your heartache, the wrongs you have suffered, the hardships you have faced, the way you have endured with faith and all of your tears. He hears your prayers.
Ephesians 3:20 is followed by verse 21 which says:
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Here we have a doxology. A doxology is a short song of praise at the end of a prayer or song. As Paul finishes the first three chapters of Ephesians, he cannot help but to pause and simply give God glory because God can do more than we can even ask or imagine. He uses the words “exceedingly abundantly” to express that it’s beyond what the human mind can even measure or describe. And so, through all generations, may the redeemed glorify him forever and ever. Amen.
God can do more than we ask or think.
Think of all you have ever asked God for – he can do MORE than that!
Think of all that you have imagined God could do – he can do MORE than that!
Our human minds cannot imagine or comprehend all God can do and is doing in the world right now.
Our God is able!
So keep believing and trusting in Him.
Walk with the King,
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