30 Days of Prayer: God’s Amazing Promises
Day 19: Great Results of Faith
“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
So many people today in ministry are taking these verses out of context and are putting this spin on them; “When your goals are aligned with God’s goodness, anything you ask for in the name of Christ will be given to you.” While I believe that my goals need to be aligned with God’s goodness, I also know that God is sovereign and the must important ingredient in anything I am requesting is His will for the situation.
Let’s read John 14 in its’ entirety, so that we can keep these verses in their proper context…
In order to understand these verses and what Jesus truly is promising you, you need to identify the meaning of “works” and “greater works”. Jesus’ works while on this earth were to bring people into a belief and faith in Him as God incarnate. What Jesus did here on earth bears witness to the fact that He came from God and that He is one with the Father. First let’s concentrate on the word because in today’s scripture.
In its’ Greek form, dia, the word “because” is used in a casual sense, Strong’s Concordance states this:
dia: through, on account of, because of
Original Word: διά
Part of Speech: Preposition
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ah’)
Short Definition: through, on account of
Definition: (a) gen: through, throughout, by the instrumentality of, (b) acc: through, on account of, by reason of, for the sake of, because of.
Jesus is saying that “because” of the cross and ascension we would be able to do greater works. What exactly happened through the death and rising of Jesus? It causes conversions of the people!!! It brings the spiritually dead to being spiritually alive!
This is the meaning of “greater works” that Jesus is speaking to.
The purpose of “works” and “greater works” is to bring people into faith with Christ; this Bible verse is not promising to bring you everything you ask for in the way of prosperity and health. There is a much greater promise in this verse than that, it is a promise that you and I can stand upon as we commit to praying for the unsaved in this world.
The connection between works and coming to faith is strong in John, so let’s meditate on the verses below and reflect on how and with whom you and I can do “greater works” to the glory of God’s Holy name.
John 5:19-21: “Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live” (John 5:24,25).
“They said therefore to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent’” (John 6:28,29)
I want to share one more little bit of insight, brought to me through today’s quiet time, before I close this in prayer. When we pray “In the Name of Jesus” we are magnifying His name and giving Him the glory for what we are praying about.
Thank You for once again meeting me in my time of quiet and speaking into my life. Thank You for breathing life into my spiritually dead body. Thank You for loving me and, for loving more than me, those people I love who are lost. Help me to use my messes to bring Your message. Help me to testify to Your greatness through my words and my deeds. May my works and greater works bring honor and glory to Your name. May I become lesser as You become greater! In the name of Jesus, Amen.