Let's continue with the closing of the prayer in Ephesians 3 with verses 20 and 21. Paul's ending words of his prayer for the Ephesians is an ode to God, "Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (NRSV). It sounds familiar because it is Paul's example we are following when we end prayers with something like, "To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
But let's take a look at that first verse. God is able to accomplish more than we can ask or imagine by his power within us. He has placed his power within us. Do we believe that? It is the word of God. Do we believe that God has placed his power within us? If not, why not? Supposedly it can do more than we can ask or even imagine. The verse carries through Paul's previous prayer that we are strengthened in our inner being with God's power through the Holy Spirit. It seems to me that if we accept this as the word of God then we accept it as being true. We are strengthened by the power of God to accomplish more than we can ask or imagine.
It implies that what we imagine limits us. We don't ask for enough. We are letting the power that raised Christ from the dead go to waste. I imagine that what each of us can do is different from the other. We are one body, one spirit in one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Eph 4:4-5). The parts of the body are made to do different things, but all work together. We all have a part to play.
Let's not let the power of God go to waste. Dream. Imagine. Ask.
To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.