Exceeding Abundantly


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Ephesians 3:14-21 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

What an amazing prayer Paul shares with us from prison. Because of Paul’s faith in Christ, he has confidence and boldness to approach the throne of grace. Paul appeals to the whole glorious perfection of God, and it is in proportion to the Father’s infinite resources that He will give strength to His children through His Holy Spirit. Christ must dwell in our hearts so that He takes entire possession of our being; the aroma of Christ should pervade all of our thoughts, words, and actions. Paul’s final and highest request is directly connected to knowing the love of Christ. If we know the love of Christ, we are empowered and equipped to receive “all the fullness” which God will give. Paul closes his prayer by giving praise to the power of God. He asked God for many great things and says at the end of his prayer that God is able to answer greater requests than we could ever think of! Our God is omnipotent, and He knows what we need before we even ask. Finally, Paul recognizes God’s greatness and realizes that all praise is due Him. What an encouragement to know that we serve such a great God and have direct access to Him through prayer.

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