“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He 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 Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in My name and I will do it.”
Greater Works than Jesus
The promise that Jesus gives us in this passage is something that we scarcely think of and rarer still do we try to lay claim to it. Jesus tells his disciples that they will do even greater things than he has done. At the time it must have seemed preposterous to the disciples that they could do such a thing. We know from history that Jesus only had a following that could meet together in a large room at the time of his death. By the time the last of the disciples died, the entire world had been turned upside down because of the spread of Christianity.
Jesus was speaking to the disciples at the time, but He said anyone who has faith and asks in His name would do greater things than He.
Why isn’t the church doing greater things than Jesus did today?
What are your thoughts on this statement by Murray?
“Alas, today there is little or nothing to be seen of the power to do anything like Christ’s works, not to mention anything greater. There can only be one reason – the belief in Him and the believing prayer in His name are absent.”
Whoever Prays Must Work
Many believers see Jesus words as a blank check to get anything they want from God. Look at the context of the statement though. He is speaking about doing greater things than himself. This is a blank check to have the power to do God’s work! There are other passages that refer to asking and receiving blessings from God, but this passage is all about God’s work.
If you ask God to make your church great, you need to expect God to give you the ability to work alongside others to make your church great.
If you want to see a friend come to Christ, you need to ask for the ability to witness to your friend.
If you want to ask God to have mercy on the suffering, you need to be willing to allow God to empower you to aid the hurting.
God is not limited by us and can certainly accomplish His will in spite of us and our unwillingness to do His work, but consider what a difference you will see being made if you ask God to be at the center of His work.
If we want to see things change, we need to stop looking at other people who need changed and instead ask God to change us. Maybe it is spiritual immaturity that holds us back and repentance that needs to be made. Or maybe we are mature, but lacking the confidence to go forth with a dream that God has laid on our hearts.
If we are going to pray for God to accomplish some great work, we need to ask that God would involve us in accomplishing it. This is a prayer that God will certainly answer.
Adapted from With Christ in the School of Prayer