Ephesians Chapter 3:20
Everyone needs an E3:20 experience. Everyone needs an E3:20 story in their life. What does E3:20 stand for? It stands for Ephesians chapter 3, verse 20. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” The Amplified Version says, “Now to Him Who, is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams.” The words, exceedingly, abundantly, above all mean the same thing, “more than.” So we could actually read this passage like this, “Now to Him who is able to do more than, more than, and more than, we ask or think.” Do you get the point Paul is trying to make here? He is overemphasizing the truth that God is not hung up on just providing exactly what we need, actually, Paul is saying that God is hung up on providing “more than” we need. Many times we hear people say that God is not interested in our “wants” but He is interested in our “needs.” While it is true that God is interested in our needs, this verse makes it very clear that God is interested in our “wants.” This verse is saying that God is interested in “more” than our wants. When it says, “above all we ask or THINK” this is saying that sometimes we don’t even know what we want but God does and He is willing to provide even when we don’t ask Him for it.
I truly believe everyone should have an E3:20 experience in their lives. Actually, we should all have several E3:20 experiences. ‘Coincidences’ that we know were not coincidences but were actually times that God fulfilled Ephesians 3:20 in our lives, times when God did ABOVE what we asked or times when God did more than we even thought. When I was building our house next to the church, we received the blueprints and I began to change them. One of the changes I made was to eliminate a large stone fireplace that covered the entire wall in our living room. This was going to save us about $5,000. We didn’t have much money so every bit counted. I decided to just leave the wall, a plain wall. My friend, Mark Poland, came over to measure for my windows. When he came into the living room, he asked me what I was going to do with the big plain wall. I explained to him that I was just going to leave it plain. He said that a large bow window would look great there. I told him that a large bow window would cost me as much as the fireplace that I whited out. He agreed, but then he said that sometimes his company had mismeasured windows they sometimes sold off cheap. Why not give them a call and see if they had any mismeasured bow windows? We called his company and he put the call on speakerphone, so I could hear it. He asked them if they had any mismeasured bow windows. They said that it was strange that he would ask for a mismeasured bow window. Just the day before, they had received the largest mismeasured bow window in their company’s history! The window was made for a special house that had six-inch walls and an eighteen-inch overhang. My house just happened to have six-inch walls and an eighteen-inch overhang! Almost all houses are built with four-inch walls, but when I built my house I wanted the extra insulation, so I put in six-inch walls. The length of the bow window just happened to be exactly what I needed, twelve feet. The manager gave us the window for free! All we had to do was to pay a hundred fifty dollars to ship it and Mark helped me put it in. When we had put it in I was standing in my living room just admiring the window. I was thinking, “Wow it would have been great if I could say, that I prayed for that window. That would be an awesome answered prayer!” But then God reminded me of this scripture in Ephesians that says He gives us above and beyond all that we can ask OR THINK! It was better that I didn’t pray for it. I didn’t even think of putting one in. I surely didn’t even have the faith to ask God to provide a bow window. I was just going to be happy with a big wall, but God wanted me to know that sometimes it just gave Him joy to bless me with things I didn’t even think to ask for. Some people get all hung up about praying the exact and correct way. It is important to pray correctly, but I want to go on record that God is able to give above and beyond all that we ask or think. Exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think. God wants us to have ABOVE our needs. Paul uses triple adjectives, “exceedingly, abundantly, and above.” This is done to OVER EMPHASIZE the point he is making. Make no doubt about it. God can do it, and will. God’s ability and willingness are not separated, as Satan often tells us. “Oh yes He can but will He?” Of course He will. That’s the whole point. Superabundance is God’s way.
Jesus talked about this when He told the story of the prodigal son. When the prodigal son was thinking about returning to his father’s house, he said, “In my father’s house there is bread and enough to spare.” That is what drew the wayward son back home. He knew his father was a loving, giving father. Ephesians 3:20 is one of those verses, every Christian should spend some time meditating on. Too many people never tap into the tremendous resources that God has made available to us. He will do ABOVE all that I ask. He will do ABOVE all that I think. He will do ABOVE! He will do ABOVE all that I ask OR even think! Ephesians 3:20 is telling us that God is bigger than our best prayers! God answers prayers you might not have even thought to pray! How great is that?