20Now 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, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever, and ever. Amen.
Do you spend time asking God for things? At times, we may forget the Lord’s command to go to Him with every need and desire of life. We are to ask him for our daily bread, to fulfill the needs of our bodies and our families every day. If God only gave us the things we asked for, many of us would find ourselves in much want.
God does desire that we ask him for help and aid, every day, and He provides those things that are good for us. Out of love for us, the Great provider “daily and richly provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.” (Luther’s Small Catechism, First Article of the Creed).
However God provides much more! Thanks be to God that His giving is not limited by our own asking. Ephesians 3 reminds us that God is able to do “far more than all that we ask or think.” His provision for us expands far beyond our own aspirations, desires, or requests. He gives us what we don’t ask for as well and that entails so much more than we can even imagine!
Ultimately, he gives us the necessities of not only this life, but of the life of the world to come. He gives us his own Son, Jesus. Through Him, and through his church here on earth, we see his glory (Ephesians 3:21). This glory is far more than we could have ever known to ask for.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the provider of all my daily needs. You are also the provider of my spiritual needs. I ask you to bear my weaknesses and ask for your Spirit to continue to teach me, to guide me and to strengthen me. Keep me within the warmth and love of your Church, and continue to provide the spiritual food I need to continue running the race to completion. In Jesus name, Amen.
Contributed by Ken Oziah