This scripture concludes Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church for spiritual growth, inner strength, and knowledge of God’s love (verses 14-19). The passage is a doxology giving praise to God and assurance to every believer of the omnipotence of our loving Lord.
The apostle declares that God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly”. The Greek word huperekperissou is a rare double compound meaning that God is not only able to accomplish all things, but does so “superabundantly above the greatest abundance” – or “beyond measure”.
“Above all that we ask or think” is just that. Imagine every good thing that God has promised in His Word – or things you’ve only dreamed about. Think of wonderful things that exceed the limits of human comprehension or description, then imagine that God is able and willing to do even more!
The last part of this verse indicates that the Holy Spirit works within the Christian’s life to accomplish the seemingly impossible. Our highest aspirations are within God’s power – but like Paul, we must pray. When we do, God does far more for us than we could ever guess.
NOTE: This is a weekly series intended to bless and encourage readers through the Bible study of the many encouraging verses that can be found in God’s word.
It is taken from the book 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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