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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
God answers prayers according to His riches, not our limits.
“Is God all powerful?” Naturally, the answer is “of course”. His omnipotence is one of the defining characteristics of God, yet is difficult to apply in our prayer life in a practical matter. When we approach the throne of the Father in prayer, we often lose sight of just how powerful our God is compared to the seemingly significant obstacles in our lives.
As Paul sat in his jail cell, he had time to meditate on the extraordinary events that turned his entire world view upside down. It takes someone with an incredible imagination (and perhaps a sense of humor) to look upon a persecutor and see a missionary who would allow the Gospel story shape history. God is not shy of plucking the brightest lights from the darkest fray and using them for His purpose.
It is with this mindset that we must discipline ourselves to approach our prayer life, even among the most difficult of times. God is able to do far more than we could ever ask of Him, because His perspective is eternal and perfect. So when He doesn’t give you that job that you know would be perfect or when He choses to allow a life pass instead of healing, there is a profound amount of love, wisdom and goodness behind that decision. Christ never promised us that we would understand every decision that He will make in our lives when we chose to follow Him.
What He did promise is that if we stand at the door and knock, someone would answer. Who answers will affect our relationship with Christ. Is the God on the other side of your door, one who says “no” on a whim and is constantly judging your shortcomings? Or is the God on the other side of your door, one whose imagination knows no boundaries and whose very nature is wrapped in an infinite amount of love…a God who is good at His very core?
- Are there prayers in your life you feel like “hit the ceiling?” Spend some time handing those over and trust that God is fundamentally good and loves you.
- Are there moments in your life when God answered prayers in ways you could not have imagined?
- Meditate on the door. Ask yourself who is on the other side.
Note: This is part of a devotional series that I had the privilege of helping write with my local church. To catch the entire series on Ephesians, check out the Crestview Connection Blog.