“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21, NKJV).”
One of the many memories I have of Mommie involved our telephone conversations. Just like any conversation with any other person, the reasons and topics of each call varied. But one phrase that would bring laughter into our phone time would be “oh, but the big thing I called to tell you was…!” It was often interjected in what appeared to be out of the blue with regards to the immediate stream of conversation. We laughed, because it always seemed she’d gotten off on a tangent and then a light bulb went off to remind her of the “real reason” she’d made the call.
That memory reminded me of the conversations some Christians have with God. We often get off on tangents and focus our call (cry, prayer) on the “little” or minor issues of life, only to have the Holy Spirit remind us of our deepest concerns. These are often “big things” which we try to work out ourselves or think we’re not worthy to bring to God in the first place. It isn’t until we’ve exhausted all our human strength and resources before we “surrender” the big concern to God–as if it is a last resort.
Instead of being shy about taking the “big things” to God, allow the Holy Spirit to minister a deeper appreciation for the confession of faith recorded in Ephesians 3:20 (see above). If God is ABLE TO DO, then why aren’t we able to LET HIM DO…? The passage doesn’t just declare He’s able, it states degrees to which He is able to do much more than our own imaginations. If that is the case (and it is), why aren’t we asking or thinking bigger? Why aren’t we taking God at His word?
Too often, we exhaust ourselves (and others) and eventually get to “nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done…(Luke 22:42, NKJV).” Just as there was a difference in the way Zacharias and Mary asked the question “How can this be?” there is a difference in the way many of us say “nevertheless” and how Jesus said it. Weakened Christians say so with an almost defeatist attitude, like a child tired from a temper-tantrum. Yet when Christ said it, the emphasis was on His confidence that God’s purpose and will is never the less (or least), but always the best solution. Allow “nevertheless” to have new meaning in your vocabulary, and dare to present the “big things” to God with confidence that His solution will exceed your expectations. -WordsInPrint by Suni
Closing prayer: Heavenly Father, as we seek a spirit of unity to envelop the Body of Christ in the earth, draw us to become one with You. Allow us to be unified with You as Christ prayed in John 17, and that will cause the rest to come in order. Unity with You includes trusting You and taking You at Your word. Cause our hearts to accept that You are not only able to do, but doing right now that which is exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask or think. Thank You, in advance, for the fruit that will come as a result of our unification, with You and with one another. In Jesus’ name we pray, believing the things we ask we already have. Amen.
Edited; First published March 11, 2011 as FB Note.