In Ephesians 3:20, Paul presents two dimensions of prayer-signals to God: Asking, and Imagining.
"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," (Ephesians 3:20).
In other words, God responds to your asking, as well as to your imagining. When what you want is clearly defined in your mind and you constantly ponder on it, you are actually engaged in a very powerful form of prayer. It is called meditation or imagining; so you must be very careful with your thoughts.
Ensure that you think on what you want to happen, rather than on unpleasant and undesirable outcomes.
Imagining is a powerful form of prayer.
Your imagination is an extremely powerful instrument. God designed it and knows its power. He says that when you imagine to do something, nothing but His direct intervention can stop you! Think about that.
"And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." (Genesis 11:6).
Your imagination is an awesome gift from the Lord. It is a tool with which you can receive and develop the desires (dream seeds) that the Lord plants in your heart. Like every other thing, of course, it can be used positively or negatively. Therefore, learn to use your imagination positively and productively.
Here’s how it works:
First, God causes desires to enter your heart. You can feel these desires coursing through your heart. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting good things for yourself. It’s ok. It’s good. It’s beautiful.
"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4).
God plants desires which you can feel deep within your heart. When the desire for something enters your heart and grows deep, strong, and unyielding in your heart, its an indication that the Lord wants you to have that thing.
You must then pull them into your imagination and begin to develop the picture into definite forms. Use your imagination to develop clear pictures of your desires. Then, like Jacob and Mary in the following verses, ponder it over and over till your soul becomes actually impregnated with it.
"His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind." (Genesis 37:11).
"Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:51).
You can’t give birth to what you are not pregnant with.
You’ve got to conceive, that means some one has to impregnate you. This is one of the works of the Holy Spirit – to take what’s the Lord’s and show them to you.
"He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you." (John 16:14-15).
He shows you the mind of the Lord for you – that is, what you can have. Then you bring it into your mind and ponder on it. You think on it. You imagine what it looks like in practical terms in your life.
It then takes form and awaits the right atmosphere for manifestation.
Don’t waste your imaginative powers on what you don’t want. Instead, think about the things you want. That’s what Paul is trying to tell us in the verse below.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." (Philippians 4:8).
God bless you.