This week begins several weeks of stand-alone messages, along with daily devotionals, so be sure to check back daily. If these devotionals have had an impact on you, we would love for you to share them with your friends.
Praying and Living
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
Pray anyway. Regardless of circumstances our assignment is to pray. Offer up prayers in every event of life. Never let the thought of boredom, hopelessness, or discouragement, silence your prayers. Do the work of praying and living in God’s direction. We have Jesus’ promise that He will make good on our prayers.
On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus shared with His disciples a significant promise. He declared that after He had gone away, the disciples would be able to do even greater works than they had seen Him do. That would be possible when the Holy Spirit came to reside in them. The Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead would now enable them to do great things for their Lord.
Then Jesus transitioned to the topic of prayer, explaining to His disciples that by asking in His name, by appealing to God based on Jesus’ authority, they can pray with confidence that Jesus “will do it.” What a promise! But its fulfillment is contingent on one key thing – whatever we ask must be God-glorifying and Christ-exalting. This leaves out all selfish desires, and sinful motives like greed.
So, pray with confidence. Stand on Jesus’ promise that His Spirit will enable you to do great things for God. God expects His people to have a strong, unwavering confidence in Him, that in every circumstance, their gut reaction is to pray. When a disciple is at their wits end and panic stricken, they exhibit a profound joy to Him.
Father, I believe You today for the challenges I face. May I see my faith increase and my trust in You grow. I want to do great things for You, my Heavenly Father. Amen