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Pray Big: Ask for Power

by in Soul Food

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being." (Ephesians 3:16)

My five year old son is going through a phase lately where he's continually impressed by how powerful I am. I like that. He will try his hardest to pick up a heavy box and won't be able to budge it. Then I'll scoop it up without even grunting (much), and he'll actually say, "Whoa, dad, you're really strong."

I say it's a phase, because I know he's only going to get stronger as he grows -- and I'm not. Someday, he'll know I'm just a very averagely strong guy, but I hope he's always impressed by how strong and powerful God is. And I hope he asks God for some of that power.

We're talking about big prayers this week, and what Paul asks today is a doozy. He knows God has an unlimited bank account of "power," and he asks God to give some of "that" power -- limitless God power -- and install it in the "inner being" of the Ephesians. Paul knew they would need that power to do some heavy lifting when it came to understanding and living in the love of Christ.

How often do you ask God to put His "whoa, dad" power in yours or someone else's inner being -- to make them stronger with His strength? That's a big prayer.

Think: How strong are we in our inner being -- in our hearts and minds and souls -- as compared to God? Would you say you are impressed with His power? Would you say that you need His power to do anything worthwhile?

Pray: Pick another Christian you know. Ask God to do this for both of you, to "strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being."

Do: Read David's prayer to see the impressive power of God in Psalm 68:28.

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