When Paul saw that the church at Ephesus was about to give up, he prayed that they would be strengthened with power by Christ’s spirit in the inner man and then that Christ would dwell in their hearts by faith. I used to think when Paul prayed this prayer he was praying that they become believers but then I realized they were already believers. So why would Paul pray this prayer? Well, I believe that Paul was praying that the church would receive a deeper revelation of the grace of God. Paul goes on to pray that they “being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” The breadth, length, depth and height is a picture of the cross. The Holyspirit was praying through Paul that we all receive a deeper revelation of the finished work of calvary because the more we come to know, understand and believe in what Christ has accomplished for us on the cross the more that his life would be operative in us. It is His grace that releases His faith, that releases His power within us.
Paul goes on to pray “now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Yes God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think but it is according to the power that worketh in us. If we don’t know how to release the power that is in us it will never benefit us. Yes it is there but it is not being use and therefore God is limited as to how much He can do in your life. For example, you could go to Best Buy and purchase a dvd player, get it home, plug it up and play dvds but if you don’t read the manual you will never know all of its capabilities. You might not ever be able to record other dvds or record your favorite tv shows or do anything else that it can do. The power to do it would be there but you wouldn’t know that you have it because you’ve never read the manual. Power that worketh is power that is being used. Christ is the power that is in us and the Word of God is the manual. The more revelation of Christ that we receive, the more of His power that will be working in us and then God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think.
When I get a revelation of Christ as my healer, I receive His faith for healing and that faith releases His power of healing within me. And with His power of healing working God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think in my body. Likewise, when I get a revelation of Christ as my provider, I receive His faith that releases His power of provision within me and with His power of provision working God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think in my finances.
Okay, now that you know how to release the power of Christ within you, it really doesn’t matter what tribulation, persecution or trouble you are facing you don’t have to give up. You are loaded with power. All you need to do is pick up the manual, the Word of God and ask the Holyspirit to give you a revelation of Jesus Christ in His grace for your situation and you will receive His faith that releases His power within you and God will do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think on your behalf.