January 6: Kingdom Works and Prayer (John 14:12-14)
John 14:12-14 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it."
Jesus makes fantastic promises in the fourteenth chapter of John. After telling the disciples that he will go away to prepare a place for them he charges them to continue in the work of God that he has started. He makes the audacious promise that they would do greater works than he himself had done. To these stunned disciples he promises that through prayer they will have power to accomplish such works. The prayer in faith in the name of Jesus will furnish everything needed for them to continue the works of God in even greater measure than Jesus' ministry. Therefore it seems that the effectiveness of the ministries of this church is directly related to the prayers of members of the church. Consider your practice of prayer over the past year. Has it been consistent? has it been in faith? Have you seen fruit born from it? Let us seek God for greater resolve to pray in faith as we pursue kingdom-oriented works.
- What is your current practice of prayer? Describe its strengths and weaknesses.
- How does Jesus going to the Father encourage a deepened prayer life?
- Explain the benefits of the ascension of Christ to the right hand of God.
- How can we understand Jesus' promise, "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do"?
- Explain the relationship between these "greater works" and prayers of faith.