Read: Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Reflect: What can God do for you? If you come to Him with your prayers and lay out your life before Him, what can He do for you? He can do for each of us exactly as much as we allow Him to do in us. Some people live their whole life never yielding to God but always running to Him in times of crisis or need. They have no intent to let Him direct their steps or influence their journey. They only desire Him to save them from the messes they get themselves into. Yet God is very clear, He isn’t our clean up man. He isn’t an errand boy we can direct at our whim. He is our God. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. He is jealous for us. His love for us is deep, deeper than we will ever know this side of heaven. And when we yield to His love He works in such deep ways. He answers prayers in ways we can never imagine possible. He is certainly able to do far more abundantly, or as one translation puts it, “exceedingly abundantly beyond all we ask or think.” Paul chose an incredible word to say all of that – huperekperissou. It is three Greek terms woven together to give it a huge impact and say, “far more abundantly” beyond your wildest dreams if only we will allow Him to have His way in us. That is the limitation put on this promise. It only happens “according to the power that works within us.” So, if there is little or no power working within us there will be little or no response to our cries. God is not limited friends, we are. His resources are infinite, amazing and limitless, but He has chosen to make us partners in eternity and in prayer. Our partnership has a controlling interest here. We control how much He can do with our prayers by how much we allow Him to do in our lives. The choice is very simple, invite Him in everyday, all the time. Open up the closets in our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to move in “ALL” of us and through all of our will and our way. Surrender to Him, yield to Him daily, and then as you pray watch His power move at levels you have only dreamed of seeing in your life. This is actually a pretty good deal. We get blessed in two different ways. First, our lives are touched deeper than ever before as the peace of God takes up residency in us, and then our prayers are answered at levels that are “far more abundantly” than we could even ask or think. Pretty good deal, isn’t it? Why not begin today? Yield that area you are holding onto, that relationship you know is not healthy, that desire that always seems to get you into trouble, and let Him start fresh and new now.
Prayer: Father, why am I so fearful of allowing you into every area of my life? Holy Spirit, today I declare, “I yield my life to you.” Please, Father, have your way in me.