Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 3: 14-21
A – B – L – E
Bounty – v. 16 – Paul speaks of the riches of God’s glory. The richness of God could be understood as material wealth I suppose, but that would rob us of the greatest riches of God. God is glorious in his righteous and merciful person. When we pray to God, we are praying to the source of endless blessing.
Love – v. 19 – Read and meditate on John 3:16. One hymn writer said it so well, “Oh how he loves you and me, he gave his life. What more could he give? Oh how he loves you. Oh how he loves me. Oh how he loves you and me.”
Exceeding ability – v. 20 – Sometimes I will hear a preacher or teacher say that some prayers are denied us, since God has a better answer in store for us. In business circles they classify some companies as outperformers. They exceed expectations. Believe that God is the greatest outperformer there is. He will do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we ask or think.
Exemplary Story: At the close of the day a little girl was asked by her mother to say her prayers and put on her pajamas.
When her mother came into the room to tuck the girl into bed, she stopped before giving her daughter a goodnight kiss. She just had to ask a question, “Serena, why did you say you alphabet when you were praying just now?
The little girl said, “I just wanted God to bless everybody, and everybody I know has a name that starts with a letter. Like Aunt Jane. Her name starts with a J. So I figured if I said my a-b-c’s God would know who is who, and God would and bless them all.