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An Ephesians 3:20 Answer.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Recently I experienced the above verse in reality. It came alive in a real life situation! I was blown away. God truly does immeasurably more than all we can ever ask or imagine!

The background: For months, my friend R. had been looking to move. And recently, it became clear that a move was definitely needed. The situation was a little complicated, and none of the housing leads were working out. We prayed, together and apart, for this need. Yet it still seemed as if nothing was happening and nothing would work out. We were asking God earnestly, and yet it seemed that each prayer was being put in the bottom of a bucket with so many other prayers waiting for their turn to be pulled out and answered. Since our human eyes saw no progress, I truly started to wonder if it could be many more months until the prayer was answered…Or that my friend would simply have to continue in the current situation. R. confided that he was nearly becoming depressed because of the situation. I mustered all the faith I could and reminded him that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, so we needed to focus on that. My counselor self couldn’t let him stay in a state where he was losing hope. I didn’t share my secret fears that his situation wouldn’t change for a long time.

Last week, I received a message from R.: “I need to see you as soon as possible.” My heart dropped, and I instantly started praying. Yes, my mind went to worry. Thankfully, when I expressed my concern, R.’s next message reassured me: “It’s nothing bad.” Whew!

So finally this weekend, I saw R. in person. And I could have never, ever imagined the good news that I would hear! R. began his story of receiving a phone call last week. This phone call answered the prayers we have been praying for months, and went above and beyond all we could have ever asked or imagined! God was allowing our prayers to stay in that bucket because He was preparing something greater than we could have prayed for!

The phone call that R. received (out of the blue) provided a job offer. Not only that, but the job comes with free housing! So all those months that we scoured ads and apartment websites (in vain), God was working on preparing this job and housing offer, as well as moving the heart of the one who provided the job offer to think of R.!

So while we were praying all those months for a positive living situation within a certain budget, God was preparing additional income and a free place to stay for my friend! Wow! God is truly, truly good! All I could do at hearing R.’s news was laugh and cry with joy! R. came up with a new adage: “He who laughs, prays twice.” Later, we danced to the song posted below! I didn’t even have words for the gratitude I felt at these answered prayers! I don’t think R. imagined quite how joyful I would be! I definitely understood why the news had to be delivered in person after hearing just how good it was!

I have situations in my life where I’m yearning and praying for change. Some of these prayers I have been praying for years on end. It seems like they are being delegated to the same bucket, falling closer and closer to the bottom as the prayers and needs of others get piled in. Yet now I see that prayers don’t stay in that bucket without reason. God is preparing wonderful things for His people. His ear is inclined to us, and things are definitely happening behind the scenes! We may not see them, but one day they will become visible to our human eyes. One day, we may see that God had something even better than we were praying for! My faith has been strengthened and renewed so much due to this answered prayer.

Truly, we serve an Ephesians 3:20 God, Who is ready to go above and beyond our wildest dreams! To Him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.

2 thoughts on “An Ephesians 3:20 Answer.”

  1. This was sooooo encouraging! Thank you for sharing. And congrats to R and your continued faithfulness and commitment to circling that prayer regardless of what it looked like in the natural. He is always working behind the scene.

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