Ephesians 3:20 — 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,
Shouldn’t the words “above all that we ask” mystify you? This verse is a triumphant statement of God’s power, but a disheartening reality of our prayer. It seems we do not ask enough. We do not desperately seek enough. Much like Jehoash, we are content to smite the ground with the arrows thrice and rejoice about it. Truly the Lord’s power and provision are worthy of glory, but how often we come up short? How much have we lacked because of our feeble faith? Someone said Jehoash received “something better than the human, but he did not get God’s best.”
Think for a moment how powerful the Lord is. He can lead an inferior army to vanquish a superior foe with the same ease as Jehoash smiting the ground with arrows. What is impossible with man is surely possible with God! Is there anything too hard for God? If God can wield miraculous victories and political dominance with the greatest of ease, is your difficulty really too great? Is it sensible to refrain from taking it to the Lord in prayer?
Now can we appreciate the prophet’s response? He was angry. When a man does not go far enough it must be frustrating. When people believe in a small God or only a sufficient God instead of a superior God, we will never know the potential of God’s work.