TO GOD WHO IS ABLE
When we say that someone is able, what do we mean by this? We mean that the person has the skill, means, qualification, intelligence, opportunity and capability to do something. He is in a position to make something happen. God is supernaturally empowered and authorized to do anything because He created everything we see today. He has the superior intelligence and is worthily capable of performing any desire we ask or imagine. Able is the Greek word, 'Dunatos', meaning mighty, excelling in something or having power to do something.
Reference: Ephesians 3:20-21 English Standard Version (ESV) '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.'
It is very important to understand what Apostle Paul communicated in these two verses. And for us to grasp the exposition, let's pay attention to the second verse (vs 21). Paul was praising God formally, by pointing our attention to His ability. So He says, 'To God who is able....to Him be glory in the church...throughout all generation forever, Amen. It was a summary and his ending speech. He was summarising the chapter (Ephesians 3). So he was spiritually breath-taking; commending and recommending God as capable of doing more abundantly than all we ask or think.
With this in view, Paul was talking about the ability of God and the limitless possibilities embedded in that ability. For that reason, He glorified God. Many a time, when we read this Scripture, we automatically assume that God will do much more than we ask or think. But this is not what Paul meant. He was simply recognising God's ability and commending the capacities of the ability. So he is telling you what God is capable of. He is able to do far more abundantly than all that you ask or think, but it's up to you to demand that in your prayer. Yes this truth is wonderful; God can add bonus while granting your request, but you must remind Him and expect the bonus.
In another term, you cannot have it any better than you demand in prayer, yet in God's answer, there is more. That's the message. Therefore as your heart rises in prayer, which you express by asking or by deep thoughts, present that request and then remind God of His ability to do more than you've requested because He is indeed able. Its your responsibility to make this Scripture a reality through prayer. God will not just do exceedingly and abundantly above what you demand except you remind Him and engage that dimension of His ability.
Beloved, its up to you to learn to demand much more. That's why Paul tells us that whatever God will do is based on the power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) says, '... according to his power at work within us'. How much we receive depends on the level of God's mighty power operative in us. You can raise or increase the power level so you can believe God for more. You can also limit the power of God by how you ask or think. But when you let the fullness of God work through you, there's no limit to how much you can receive from God. As Paul glimpses the power of God's Spirit in his own life and that of the brethren in Ephesus, God can give you the spiritual understanding to ask and think - and then receive much besides!
Scripture Reading - John 16:24; Romans 4:21; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Hebrews 11:19; 2 Timothy 1:12.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, its a privilege to comprehend that you are more than able to do far more abundantly than I ask or think. The fullness of your power is working in my life through the Holy Spirit and I'm thankful for the manifestation of my requests beyond my expectation. In all wisdom and spiritual understanding, I receive increased grace to demand and possess your best and I experience true fulfilment therein, in Jesus' Name, Amen!