In John 14:12 & 13, Jesus says to us, “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I am doing and even greater things. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified.” Well then, why do we have unanswered prayers? Why can’t we ask for miracles? I use an often over-looked clue in this scripture to turn your prayer requests into miracles.
When Jesus goes to the Father, he will send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit manifests God’s divine power in us and through us – in us for our own faith growth and for others through us – so that we can bring the world to Christ, so that we can minister to others and be Christ’s hands and feet, doing the works of Jesus in this world today. That was John 14:12.
Scripture is never meant to be read one verse at a time, out of context with the bigger picture. He says, “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me” – now we’re getting to verse 13 – “whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” …
This needs to be our motivation anytime we ask something. See, we don’t ask rightly. We don’t receive what we ask for because we’re not asking rightly. We are not asking with God to be glorified as the primary and most important reason for the asking.
James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Let’s continue into verse 3 to see what James means here. “And when you do ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives. What were the wrong motives he’s talking about? …
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you.”
For more help on this topic, see our WordByte called How to move mountains and work other miracles.