Day 5 Read: Ephesians 3:20-21
0 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Reflect: To what extent is God able to do great things in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within the believer?
Consider: After contemplating such a marvelous spiritual experience, it is no wonder Paul bursts forth in a doxology, a fitting benediction to such a prayer. Note again the trinitarian emphasis in this benediction: Paul prays to God the Father, concerning the indwelling power of God the Spirit, made available through God the Son.
Perhaps the best way for us to grasp some of the greatness of this doxology is to look at it in outlined form:
Now unto Him that is
able to do all
abundantly above all
exceeding abundantly above all
Paul seems to want to use every word possible to convey to us the vastness of God’s power as found in Jesus Christ.5
Respond: How does God want to reconcile Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7 with Paul’s application of this principle in Ephesians 3 in your life? What do you need to be diligently and consistently praying for? How do you want to see God do exceedingly, abundantly above all in your life?
5 Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 33.