Ephesians (W6D5) More Than You Think

April 20, 2018

Week 6. Friday:  More Than You Think

 

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

 

READ:  Ephesians 3:20-21

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Able (Greek: dynamai): perfectly able, beyond able

  • Immeasurably More (Greek: hyperekperissou hyper): far more abundantly beyond

    • Paul uses multiple words here to force the weight of his point.

    • A literal translation would be, “far more abundantly beyond all”

    • Paul is stressing to excess that God can do far more than we can imagine.

  • Ask (Greek: aiteō): beg, call for, crave, desire

    • God can do more than we can ask.

    • God can also do more than we desire.

  • Imagine (Greek: noeō): perceive, understand, ponder, consider

    • God can do more than we can perceive or understand.

    • The most imaginative and creative mind in the world is still not able to understand or ponder what God is able to do.

  • At Work (Greek: energeō): continual effectual work

    • God’s work in us is continual and constant.

    • God’s work in us is always effective, for God cannot fail.

    • See Luke 1:37 and Philippians 2:13.

 

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Sometimes we pray big prayers. But if we’re honest, most of the time we only pray for small things. We often forget that we’re praying to a God that holds the universe in place. God has infinite ability to do more than we can imagine. The more we believe that, the more our prayers and our attitude toward life will begin to change.

 

What have you been praying for lately?

 

Do you have any doubts in God’s ability? Why or why not?



PRAY:  Ask God to help you trust Him with the big things as well as the small.

 

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