It is always God's desire to exceed our greatest expectation. Whatever it is that you're believing God for, HE WANTS TO EXCEED YOUR GREATEST DESIRE! The word exceed is defined as going beyond the limits of what is allowed or permitted. However in order for this to happen God certainly needs your full corporation. What do you mean Kevin?
Well, scripture tells us that God will do exceedingly abundantly and above all that we could ask or think ACCORDING to the power that works in us. Again, exceedingly means going beyond a determine mark or position, to go beyond the limits. Abundantly on the other hand means to be richly supplied or having something in great quantity. So far we see that God wants to exceed our desires. However, the scripture goes on to identify our part by using the word "ACCORDING" the word according is defined as being in agreement or in harmony with someone or something, or to work along with.
Scripture further states, "according to the power that works in us" Now what is this power that the Apostle Paul speaks of? Well according to the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, he says, that he is not ashamed of the GOSPEL (The good news or the word of God) for it is the POWER unto salvation.
Now, let's bring it all together, God, who wants to take us beyond the limits in our lives, will not perform the exceedingly, abundantly and the above all that we could ask or think unless we are in agreement with his word, which is the power that resides in us. This simply means we must agree with his word, for example, "The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children" Psalm 115:14. Do you believe this word, are you behaving and speaking as if this word has already happen, do you repeat this word when you see the opposite of this word taking place in your life? Well, this is the understanding of the word working in us.
As proof of this revelation, Jesus said, "If ye abide in me and my WORD/POWER abides in you ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you. The key to this awesome revelation is the fact that God will not respond to your tears, situation or challenge...... HE RESPONDS TO HIS WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, here are the keys to not only getting your prayers answered quickly but to exceed your greatest expectation:
1) Search the scriptures as it relates to your challenges and give God back his word as it relates to those challenges. As an example, you are praying to God for a debt free home, well his word says, "I will give you houses you did not build, I will give you land that you did not labor for, Deuteronomy 6:11 and Joshua 24:13. Make your request to God and support your request with his word which is the evidence that he will do what he has said.
2) Now conclude your prayer, by asking God to exceed whatever you are asking for. If you are asking for wisdom, don't just ask for wisdom ask him to exceed the wisdom that you presently have, ask him to exceed the love in your heart, ask him to exceed your love for others, ask him to exceed your knowledge and understanding and most of all exceed your joy in the midst of whatever is challenging you emotionally.
Heavenly Father, we believe your word, and we come in agreement with your servant king David who said, “Thy word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. It is my prayer Father, that your word will break down every barrier that has caused your people to feel limited in their walk with you. I decree that as of this day that they will make their request to you with the confidence that you will do exceedingly, abundantly and above all that they could ever ask or think according to your word that works in them. We ask these things in the name of your son Jesus Christ, Amen!
Written by: Kevin L A Ewing