The following are the closing paragraphs of a message by W. A. Criswell titled “The Ableness of God” from Ephesians 3:14-21 from October 25, 1970.
The ableness of God; we never exhaust it. It’s never beyond what He can do for us—above all we ask or think. Lord, who would ever have thought the little shepherd boy David would be the king of Israel? Who would ever have thought Amos the sycamore gatherer would be God’s first great writing prophet? Who would ever have thought Cephas, the fisherman of such a volatile spirit, would have been Peter at Pentecost? Who would ever have thought that Saul of Tarsus, persecuting the church, would have been the apostle who kneels down here in prayer. Who would ever have thought it? Oh, the whole gamut of God’s world is like that. Who would ever have thought these prison doors open of themselves in the twelfth chapter of Acts? Who would ever have thought the lions’ mouths would have been stopped or the three would have been delivered out of the fiery furnace?
“Above all that we ask for;” be encouraged, my brethren. Let’s lift up our spirits and our hearts. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s ask God for great things for Jesus. Let’s ask Him for these families, these homes, these children; these teenagers; these young marrieds. Let’s ask Him. Let’s ask in faith that God’ll give us their souls, their lives, their children, and then, having found answered prayer, let’s teach them the Word of God. Let’s just place in their very souls the riches of that glorious revelation. Let’s just spend our days around here praising Jesus, loving God. I’ve got to quit. Man, we could just love the Lord forever, couldn’t we? Just talking about what God can do for us and how we’re going to, in His love and grace, attempt great things for Him.
W. A. Criswell, 1970
-posted by T.A.