Praying Boldly from Great Power

By Pastor Brady Wolcott

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, Ephesians 3:20

We can pray boldly from great power. We have a God who can and wants to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or think. God is manifesting His great power through us today. The power that split the Red Sea, that sent fire from heaven, and that raised Christ from the dead now resides inside of us. It is a life-transforming power.

It is a power beyond what we can ask or think. Beyond what we pray for or even begin to imagine is the power inside of you. God is in you. If you think you can out pray or out ask or out think His power, you are wrong.

How does God display His power today? Paul says that it is “at work in us.” It displayed by the new life that comes from the resurrected Jesus. It is displayed through the Spirit and the gifts. Through the new heart and mind. Through the power to actually live a holy life of obedience by love and grace.

In the immediate context of our Fighter Verse, Ephesians 3:20, we see that the power of God the love of God made manifest in Christ.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family[c] in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19.

The “power at work within us” (v.20) is the indwelling life of Christ (v.17) and His love (v.19). This great love strengthens us in the inner man (v.16) and it is a power that is above everything else (v.20) and it is at work in us (v.20).

So here are the questions:

Is the powerful love of God in Christ at work in you?

Is your life centered around this love?

Are your prayers centered around this love?

Are your bold prayers rooted, grounded, and built up (v.17) in the love of Christ?

What did you pray for today? Was it motivated by the love of Christ and for Christ?

Have you meditated today on how much you are loved?

Have you prayed boldly that yourself and others would “know the love of Christ that surpasses all other systems of knowledge” (v.17)?

Are your prayers mainly about God fixing situations for you, or about knowing God’s love for you? Which is most important to you today?