In John 14:12–14, we discover one thing that God intends for our life by reading what Jesus said about the power of prayer. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus said He was going to the Father and that the works He did, we would do—and even greater works! Jesus wasn’t talking only to His disciples. Verse 12 says, “. . . whoever believes in me.” If you are a believer—if you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, then Jesus was talking to you! The works Jesus did, you’re going to do also. But you’re going to do more than that. You’re going to do greater works!
If you are a parent, don’t you want your child to be more successful than you are—to do greater things than you have done in your life? That’s the way Jesus was. He did great works while He was on this earth, but He said to those who believed on Him, “I want you to do more than I’ve done. I want you to do greater works!”
But how do we do what Jesus did? How do we do even greater works than He did? He tells us in verses 13 and 14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name. . . . You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” We will accomplish the greater works through the power of prayer!
Too often, things aren’t accomplished in our life because we don’t ask! Some people only ask God for things when they get into trouble. God, of course, does help us and rescue us. But He wants us to pray and to ask Him for things according to His Word even when we’re not in trouble. Unfortunately, praying is often the last thing people do instead of the first thing.
Prayer was never meant to be a last resort. It was meant to be a source of continual communication between God and us.
One of the most important things we should want to do as Christians is to walk out the perfect plan of God for our life. How do we walk out that plan? We do it through prayer, through reading God’s Word, and through developing an intimate relationship with God. Prayer is how we come to know Him better.
By developing an intimate relationship with God, we allow Him to guide us in His course for our life. We can rely on the fact that everything is going to be all right, because we know we are walking out His plan for our life. Since before we were born, God knew the plan for our life from beginning to end. Now we must choose whether or not we are going to walk in His plan, doing the works that Jesus did—and even greater works!
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