Bible Passage for Meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21
Key Bible verse: “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.” Eph. 3:20
Alexander the Great was a mighty conqueror and king, and although he lived long before the time of Christ (around 300 B.C.), his reputation still lives on today.
Besides being a great conqueror, King Alexander was also a compassionate ruler. Every year he set aside one day that he called “compassionate day.” As the story goes, on this special day of the year, he would randomly select different people across his kingdom whom he would allow to come and make special requests.
Most people asked for food, clothes, money for medicine, and so on. However, one year, there was a man who dared to ask for more! He asked for a palace, and not just a palace, but a fully furnished palace, and a large banquet hall to feed all his friends. To the amazement of all, King Alexander granted the man’s request.
When asked why he would grant such an outrageous request, the king replied, “This man is the first man that’s really made me feel like the king I am. For only I can grant such a request!”
This story has really affected my life because it reminds me of the great God that we serve and how little we ask of Him. And it’s made me wonder why we so often settle for superficial blessings when we serve the King of the universe. It’s made me wonder why we settle for barely surviving spiritually, when God is longing to give us so much more richness and depth in our walk with Him. I think far too many Seventh-day Adventist Christians have settled for being spiritual dwarfs when God is calling us, modern-day Israel, to become spiritual giants standing in the gap, interceding for the lost.
God is able, and He longs to work in a mighty way, but our lack of faith actually limits His work in our lives. In fact, we are told, “Every failure on the part of the children of God is due to their lack of faith!” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 657)
Let’s not allow our doubts to limit us anymore, but trust the Bible which tells us, “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” (Eph. 3:20).
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Heavenly Father, As we continue this 100 Days of Prayer, help us to keep daring to ask for more! Help us to keep daring to ask for more in our own personal walk with You and help us to keep daring to ask for more on behalf of our church. We need what only You can give. We need You to work mightily on our behalf. Forgive us for our lack of faith, and forgive us for praying little prayers. Forgive us for limiting what You want to do because of doubting Your Word. Thank You Jesus for giving us a new heart and a new perspective of the greatness of Who You are, not a mere earthly King, but the King of the universe. We love You! Amen!
By Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)