“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.” John 14:11-14
Sometimes when we read this passage in traditional translations, we only hear Jesus say, “Whatever you request, I’ll do it.”
That can produce a lot of skepticism! You hear people say, “Oh really, so if I want a Mercedes Benz, all I have to do is ask Jesus, and I’ll get one?” Or, “I can pray to win the lottery, and if I really believe I’m going to win, then I will?” Continue reading
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they 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 Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14: 12-14
Do you see that? Right there in the Gospel of John, the Bible says you will receive anything you pray for! But I mean, really?
Even in the world of a believer, there’s a lot of skepticism about this promise. You hear people say, “Oh really, you’re telling me that if I just pray, ‘God, I want a Mercedes Benz,’ and believe I’m going to get it, then I’ll get it?” Or, “I can pray to win the lottery, and if I really believe I’m going to win, then I will?” Continue reading
You might not have the ability to donate eight thousand dollars to build a well. But so what? We’re not asking one person to do it. We’re asking communities. We’re asking churches.
Suppose you’ve got seven hundred people in your church. Go and talk to them about building a well. Tell them how eight thousand dollars will change a community of fifteen hundred people. A well will erase ninety percent of diseases in that community. With a well, that community will flourish.
Someone in that church is going to give you five hundred dollars. Someone else will give you twenty-five dollars. Eventually, I’ll bet within two months, you can raise eight thousand dollars. And now your church can take care of a community of people.
You can do that. That’s a possibility. A very easy possibility. Continue reading