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by K. Neill Foster

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for March 13, 2018

More than We Can Ask or Imagine

Text: "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. . . ." Ephesians 3:20

Paul is praying, and Paul is kneeling (v. 14). The physical posture of kneeling in prayer is, in itself, conducive to a focus on God. Kneeling says that the supplicant stands in need before a powerful One--our Father.

It is in this posture of prayer, with the inspiring Holy Spirit flowing through him that Paul frames the words of this text. His prayer celebrates God's ability. As Paul piles on the superlatives, it becomes clear that the Lord's prayer-person is in a field of potential response, far beyond his ability to "ask or imagine."

Picture yourself in a thousand-acre field, alone on your knees with an abundant crop rippling around you. It is a field of more than plenty. There is nothing that you cannot ask there in that field. In fact, in the midst the abundance, you hear a voice saying: "Have what you wish. In fact, you can have even more than you can ask or imagine."

There is but one condition: it comes according to the power that is at work within you.

What is that power? Better, Who is that power?

Answer: Christ Jesus, the Lord, welling up within us and unleashing the nearly incomprehensible.

The indwelling of omnipotence? Yes, exactly that--Christ, dwelling in your heart and mine through faith.

Fill me now, fill me now,

Jesus, come and fill me now.

Fill me with thy hallowed presence;

Come, oh come and fill me now.

Elwood H. Stokes

-knf