If you are sitting in a chair right now reading this devotion, I bet you didn’t check the chair before you sat in it to see if it would be able hold you. You trusted that chair. Of course, you had good reason to trust that chair. Perhaps you sit in the same chair every day. It has never failed to hold you before, so you had no reason to believe it would not hold you today. Maybe you are on a sofa, a park bench, a folding chair, or a pew. Still, I would venture a guess that you didn’t check the strength of the seat before you plopped into it. Why? Because the track record of seats in your experience has been exemplary. You have confident and firm faith in the capability of the seats. You are so sure of their strength and ability to hold your weight that it never crosses your mind to question their integrity.

          Our faith in God needs to be no less certain. In fact, better than the strength of the chair you’re sitting in right now, is His potency. Paul ends a section of his letter to the Ephesians by expressing the thought of “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Ephesians3:20(NKJ).

         So what do we learn about God from Paul’s words?

         First of all, God is able. The Greek word “dunamai” is translated here as “able” and it means “to be of power.” The word from which we get our English word “dynamite, is the same word used in Matthew 3:9 when Jesus says that “God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (NKJ). The leper who believed in Jesus’ ability to heal him used this word when he said in Matthew 8:2, “Lord, if You are willing, You can [dunamai] make me clean” (NKJ).

         Not only is God able, but His power can do “all that we ask or think.” That little word “all” is translated from the Greek word “pas” and means “any, every, the whole, always, daily, as many as, thoroughly, whatsoever, whole, and whosoever.” There is nothing too big or too small that God can’t handle. Whatever we can imagine to bring to Him, He is equipped to take care of it. Nothing is out of the realm of His ability.

          As a writer, I can picture Paul in my mind’s eye doing some self-editing as he wrote these words. Notice that Paul doesn’t just say “God is able to do all,” he says God is able to do “above all.” However, the more Paul thought about it, I imagine he figured that “above all” was not accurate enough, so he wrote that God is able to do “abundantly above all.” Still not satisfied, I can see him adding an additional modifier, so he ended up trying to get the idea across to us that God is so very awesome, He can perform “exceedingly abundantly above all” we can ever form our mouths to request or allow our hearts to dream.  

          Our confidence in God will take an entirely new up-turn if we actually approach prayer with the unwavering belief that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” We will revolutionize our prayer lives if you take this conviction into our times with God from now on.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 9, 2011.

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