Eph. 3:20 ¶ 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,
The work of God is supernatural but requires collaboration; in other words our will is a key factor in the way the Lord uses us. Today’s verse is a beautiful picture of the collision of the supernatural and the natural. The Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond what we ask or think according…. According to what? According to the power that is at work in us. In others words the way we are used is in proportion to our yieldedness. He can do anything, He just needs a vessel to work with. That was the whole point of the prayer of Evan Roberts in the revival in Wales, “Bend us Lord!” What was Evan asking for, the bending of our will so that the Lord could be glorified in us. Bend us Lord, we want to see your glory in us and through us. Here are some thoughts from Wuest’s wordbook on today’s verse.
“Paul says that God is able to do super-abundantly above and beyond what we ask or think, and then some on top of that. The word “ask” is aiteō, “to ask that something be given”; it is a request of the will. “Think” is noeō, “to consider.” The power (dunamis) that is putting forth energy in us (energeō), is the operation of the Holy Spirit in His work of sanctification. God is able to do for us and answer our prayers according to the efficiency, richness, and power of the working of the Spirit in our lives. This latter is determined by the yieldedness of the believer to the Holy Spirit. Thus, the saint determines what God is able to do for him. In His inherent ability, there is no limit to what God can do in and through the saint. But the saint limits the working of God in and through him by the degree of his yieldedness to the Spirit.”
What a shocking promise from the Lord, “exceedingly abundantly above and beyond what you can ask or even think”. In other words, all things are possible, all He needs is a yielded heart. What happens then? First, you are made whole, then He begins to pour through you for His glory.