“Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church, and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21 NLT
With these words, Paul closes his prayer for the saints at Ephesus. He had prayed for great things– for God to strengthen their spirits, that Jesus would be at home living in their hearts, that they would be deeply rooted and grow strong in the experience and knowledge of God’s incomprehensible love. Now he closes with this word of faith–“God is able.”
Yet Paul did not simply say that God is able to do all that he had just prayed for, wonderful as that would be. Think of the wonder and glory of that prayer’s being answered in your own life– and God is able to bring it to pass. Everything we could ever ask for– more than that, anything we could ever imagine– God is able to bring it to pass. He hears the highest and hardest and most impossible request. He hears the faintest whisper of a cry for help, while it is yet only a thought in the heart. And hearing, nothing can stop Him from answering.
Yes, God can do all that we could ever ask or imagine. In fact, Paul says, He is able to do more than that–“infinitely more than we could ask or think.” The King James version says “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” In other words, nothing can stop Him from doing exactly what He wants to do; and His vision for us is so far beyond what we can envision for ourselves, that this is a truly glorious thought! Remember, Paul in describing the greatness of the Power and Ability of God, describes it as “His mighty power at work within us.”
And so, with Paul, we come to the point of giving up our attempts to imagine His Power, and to imagine what He can do in our lives. We know His great love for us, we see His great power to work in us and for us, and we give Him all the glory. Truly, all glory belongs to Him, and we join with His Church in praising the Father and praising Jesus Christ forever and forever!