(I pray that you would know) what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the Heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:19
Paul was praying for the Ephesians that their spiritual eyes would be opened so that they (and we) could experience God’s hope and understand how rich His inheritance in us is. The third thing he prayed for is that we would know how great God’s power is. It is so great that it rose Jesus from the dead and seated Him back in Heaven to rule and reign. And it is available for us who believe.
Have you ever thought of that? The miracles that Jesus did in the Gospels were to show us what God can do and was doing in Heaven. Jesus said in John 5:19, “I do what I see my Father doing.” God has all this power that can heal blind eyes, evict demons with a word, part the Red Sea (Old Testament) and raise the dead. That same power is at work for us.
How do we grab a hold of it? Part of it has to do with believing that God can do anything in our lives, not just in the New Testament. We need a robust faith. It’s like the story of the two fishing boats. In the first one was a father and his son. The second boat had a guy fishing alone. The father and son weren’t catching much, so the boy watched the guy in the other boat pull in one big fish after another. But then he would throw them back and only keep the little ones. When they were close enough, the boy asked him why he only kept the small fish. The man replied, “I have a small frying pan.”
Do you have a small frying pan for your faith? If you want more of God’s power in your life, start by reading Matthew through Acts and see all of the mighty miracles that Jesus performed. Place your faith in this God of power. Ask God to grow your faith and trust Him enough to go out on a limb and learn that His power is real and available to you.
Another way of grabbing a hold of God’s power is to ask the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The book of Acts seems to link prayer with a move of the Spirit and with boldness. Acts 4:31 tells us, “When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” Luke 11:12 reads, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that God gives us today to live the Christian life, to obey Him, and to be a part of building His kingdom. May God open your eyes so that you would know how great God’s power is for you, toward you and in you.May you get a big frying pan sized faith, prompting you to pray early and often, filling you with boldness so that your life shakes.