“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” ~ Eph. 3:20
Someone has well said, “Prayer is the pipeline of our faith to God.” What a blessed privilege it is for God’s children to access the throne of God and to know that He is ever near to hear us in our time of need.
For some, it may seem otherwise. They, at times, feel like God is far away -- distant and seemingly uninterested in answering their prayers. Their prayers begin on earth and seem to never leave the ground to heaven above. They often wonder if God is really listening. Is He? God, are you listening to the prayers of your children?
Notice how our verse addresses this question. First of all, the verse says that God is able to do something. What is He able to do? He is able to do what we ask or think. Second, He is able to do all that we ask or think. Third, He is able to do above all that we ask or think. Fourth, He is able to do abundantly above all that we ask or think. Fifth, He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!
Paul, in writing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, could have just penned that God was able to do what we ask or think, but he did not. The intensity behind his words cannot be overlooked -- they are there for a purpose. God wants His children to be overwhelmingly convinced that He is available in our time of need -- never doubting His promise to answer our prayers.
What a marvelous privilege it is to pray to our heavenly Father, knowing that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think! This thrilling verse ought to serve as a great motivator for all of us to continue praying frequently, fervently and faithfully believing that God will bring it to pass (Rom. 12:12; Jam. 5:16; 1 John 5:14). Yes, God is listening, and yes, He is answering.