“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. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
This prayer of praise to God–known as a doxology from the meaning of the word in Greek–is filled with praise toward God and meaning for the believer. In the preceding verses, God is described as the Father of the whole family who possesses infinite riches in glory. In these verses, He is described as the God who works powerfully within us.
As we go to God in prayer, we should be mindful of this doxology. God is able to do all we might ask or think of asking. He is able and therefore should be glorified by all of us.
John Stott (The Message of Ephesians, 139-41) sees seven successive stages which show God able to answer prayer. (1) God is able to do because He is the living God who is at work among us. (2) He is able to do what we ask because he hears and answers prayer. (3) He is able to do what we ask or even think! (4) He is able to do all we think. He is not limited. (5) He is able to do more than we ask or think. (6) He is able to do much more or exceedingly abundantly more than we ask or think.(7) He is able to do super abundantly, Paul’s coined word that means “immeasurably more” or “infinitely more.”
All this together means God is not limited. No wonder the Scripture tells us to go boldly to the throne of grace in prayer.
Why do we limit the God who can do super abundantly and wants to work actively in our lives? This is part of what believing as we pray means. God is able. We should believe in His power and in His goodness. God does all this because of the power of the work within us individually and within us as a people. This is the power of the resurrection.
Praise must go to God in the church and in Jesus Christ, that is, in the body and in the head for all eternity.