Prayer Thought: The Good Giver
“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us- to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21, HCSB).”
It would seem as though, in Christian circles, that we talk quite a bit about how God is the good-Giver of all things. Yet, dare I put myself in a different camp, I’m not sure if we theologically AND functionally know this to be true. Faith can be a funny thing to hold fast to when we become overwhelmed with life. But God’s promise to give exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20) is firmly established because He never goes back on His word!
Think about a couple of examples in Scripture where someone prayed or asked the Lord for something. What tended to happen? David asked God for life and length of days. How did God respond? Not only did David receive life and length of days forever and ever (Ps. 21:4), but God gave him a throne for his sons throughout all generations. That’s quite a bit more than David asked for.
A paralytic’s friends brought a man to Jesus asking Him to heal him (Matt. 9:2-8). Not only did Jesus heal the man physically, but He healed him in an astounding way that the man never asked for. Jesus forgave the man’s sins and told him to go and sin no longer! That, from where I’m sitting, is the work of an incredibly good God who gives us “exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or imagine.”
What are we praying for these days? Is it something that stretches our faith and our allegiance to a good God? Or are we playing it safe and asking for things that we may be able to “help” to get the desirable outcome. Pray BIG and the good Giver will respond to your faithfulness and trust in Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have promised to give good gifts to those who trust in You. I ask that You would help me pray in faith and with boldness, believing that You will respond with far more than I could ever ask or imagine, in accordance with Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer