Answered for His Glory

Published on Jan 7th, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Answered for His Glory

Answered for His Glory

“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, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20,21 ESV

I have been volunteering at our church for over twenty years with a man who is very creative.  We have built many things together and painted numerous scenes together.  My job is to take a roller and roll on the base coats or the big areas and his job is to fill in the details and create the scenes.  I used to question him about what I was doing or even, at times, what he was doing.  I used to ask him if he remembered what it was that we were supposed to be creating because what he was doing looked nothing like what we talked about.  I have stopped doing that?  Why?  Because every time he would take the mess that I was looking at and he would create exactly what we needed.  To me, what looked like a mass of swirling paint, would magically become a sky or a set of buildings as I would step back.  So, now, when we get to work together, I just keep my mouth shut and do what he says (or in reality I try to do what he says and when I mess even that up he comes and fixes it).

I have been learning to take that same principle into my prayer life.  According to the verses that we shared at the beginning, God is able to do far more abundantly (that means infinitely more) that I can ask for or even think.  Since that is true than why would I want to risk getting what I wanted and thus praying by telling God what I thought he should do?  I would rather cry out to God and ask him to do far more abundantly.  At this moment my dad is ill.  I certainly want him to get better but I also want God to do far more abundantly in his life as well as mine so I find myself asking God for that more than simply my dad’s healing. According to the verse, I cannot even think or ask for what that is so I simply ask God to do what will bring him the most glory.  It is kind of scary but I have seen his beautiful work so much in my life that he has built that trust within me to be able to pray that way.

If you look at those verses carefully the Spirit of God will give you a truth that will help strengthen your faith in this kind of praying.  The reason that God will answer your prayer is because it brings him great glory.  Follow the verses…God is able to do far above, he has chosen to do it in and through us…and he is willing (not just able) to do above and beyond because it will bring him great glory to work through the church who is worthy because of the work of Jesus. To finish the verses off we are assured that he will continue to work this way through all of eternity.  God has promised to do great things in and through us because it brings him glory to do so.  Another great blessing in all of this is that if you read the verses immediately before these verses you will find that in working this way in our lives we get the blessing of learning the great depth and breadth of his love.  To be honest, I am so glad to be out of the equation.  I know my heart, my life, and my sin.  All of those things bring murkiness to the idea of God answering my prayer.  But to know that he answers my prayers because he is able to answer them (his power) and because he is willing and because it brings him glory…well, that makes it all about him and I can believe in that!  And then to think that he drags me into the equation because of his great love…now that is awesome.

So, today, as I pray, I thank God that he has brought me along for this journey.  I thank him that he desires to show his glory by doing far more abundantly in and through my life today.    I can’t even imagine what that will look like today but I trust him for the ride of my life because he makes all things beautiful in his time.

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