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Ephesians 3:20-21: To Him Be Glory

Ephesians 3:20–21
[20] 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, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Paul comes to the end of this magnificent prayer in these final two verses of Ephesians 3.  This wonderful benediction is probably something that you have heard at the end of a church worship service.  Perhaps, you have read it and were so inspired by it that you highlighted its truth in your Bible.  Regardless, these two verses pack a powerful punch.

Someone asked me recently about my views on the power of prayer.  I said that prayer is more about the person praying, than what they are praying for.  Consider that for a moment.  When we come to God in prayer we are assuming a position of humility, and showing reverence to the greatness of our God.  This position of prayer is about a change in us, regardless of what we are praying for.

Paul is praying to the one who is able to do far more than we could ask or even think.  Paul recognizes God's sovereign will and sovereign power being so much greater than any man's will or power.  It is a position of humility.  It is the posture that we should have in our daily lives.  In fact, we ought to always be in a prayerful attitude.  And a prayerful attitude is a humble attitude.

Notice how he closes this.  To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever.  There is never a time where God is not to be glorified in His Church and in His Son.  Even in this we recognize our position of humility.  First, in our posture we are to be humble.  Secondly, we are humble in refusing to steal any glory away from God.  All glory is his. Always.

How do you view prayer?  Do you barge into the throne room with a list of demands? Or do you assume a proper posture of humility?  Are you giving God the glory he deserves?


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