(John 14:12-14) Truly, truly … he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.
Prayer is a major way we accomplish God’s work on earth. This should be a major accelerator to a believer’s motivation to pray, and it stems from one of the striking statements Jesus ever made. It is found in John 14:12-14.
Jesus and his disciples dad gathered that night of the Last Supper. Judas has left to betray Jesus. His leaving allows Christ to pass on some of the most sublime of His earthly teachings to the remaining disciples. In the context, He is discussing His deity, His union with the Father, and the works of God in the world. Suddenly, He makes this statement: “He shall do.” Jesus did not say, “they shall do.” He did not say, “the corporate body all combined together will do.” He used a singular pronoun meaning one person. “The very works that I do and greater than these” is His statement.
Prayer is the way His greater works get done. Most of us will not be worldwide evangelists, though a few will be. Most of us will not be gifted in healing, though some will be. Most of us will not be great preachers and teachers, though some will be. But every one of us can pray. Every one of us can touch the lost masses of the earth and help snatch them from eternal darkness and pain to eternal life and joy. Every one of us can participate in Christ’s healing power spreading both medically and miraculously across the earth. Every one of us can put up our hands and stop the forces of moral decadence that threatens to engulf the depth of the human spirit. Every one of us can do these things through our prayers!
When a believer prays, he participate with God, not only through his efforts and works in his geographic location, but also throughout the world in accomplishing God’s work. It does not matter what type of gifts, talent, or personality you have. What matters is that you take out time to prayer your potentials into reality.
Meditation: Prayer is the way His greater works get done. Therefore, PRAY.
RM: The Essence of Prayer DBR: Genesis 44
Prayer: Lord, as I begin to pray, help me to accomplish every task you put in my hands in Jesus name, Amen.