JOHN | Answered Prayers { DAY FOURTEEN }

READ: JOHN FOURTEEN

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. {John 14:12-14 ESV}

She was nine and full of faith, the faith that says it’s always possible. The same faith I used to have when I was a little girl praying for my loved ones to find Jesus and find out he is better than a bottle of liquid that numbs the ache inside, but only for a little while. I still believe in the prayers of a little girl, that somehow those prayers linger in broken spaces understanding that our timing is not the timing of God. Broken beginnings can have beautiful endings, I am certain of it.

My tiny one asks me hard questions and I craft my words carefully because of love and tiny minds.

“Why did they get divorced?”

I swallow hard and beg God for words.

“Because he wasn’t a good man.”

That’s all I can say, I can’t say more or less. I can’t explain each situation and why two people break apart.

“Why?”

“Because he doesn’t know Jesus.”

She gasps and then stuns me with her words as she looks at me with those hazel eyes I adore, so sincere and sweet.

“We need to do whatever it takes to show him Jesus, so he’ll have him in his heart. And show him Jesus is real.”

I lowered my head, my husband began to sob, and I try to shake off memories of being just like her, a pint-size soul winner. She was right. We had some faith-work to do, somehow I had stopped praying and believing that my miracle was on the way.

It’s hard to imagine that flawed humanity could do greater works than our Savior who walked on water and went out of his way to meet the needs of others.

John 14 reminds me of the power of prayer and how it moves the heart of the Father. The assurance that he not only hears us, but answers us. But, even more than answers and faith-filled prayers, I am certain that we ask him for far less than the endless hope we have access to.

We have the ultimate Helper

Verse 16 points to the hope of our helper, the Holy Spirit who abides and dwells with us and even resides within us so we never have to question whether or not He’s there. Even when we feel like our weak prayers bounce off of the ceiling. He dwells with us even when we feel numb and forgotten and that it’s been a long wait with no reply.

He abides. 

He dwells.

He will not leave us.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” {John 14:19 ESV}

 

Reflect:

  • Have you lost hope and find it hard to pray? I’m not sure what you need from Jesus, but I do know he loves you and wants you to petition him in prayer.
  • Are you ready to see God get the glory for the miracle with your name on it? Pray the prayers you prayed as a child, the ones that prayed for rain and felt the smallest drop was big enough to know God truly cares about the things that concern you.
  • Do you feel isolated and alone? If you feel like he has forgotten you, he hasn’t. He knows where you sleep, what your face looks like when you worry and loves you so much that he gave you a helper who dwells and abides within you.

Prayer:

Lord, I want to step out in faith and pray wild, childlike prayers. I believe you are who you say you are. I believe that when I ask anything in the name of Jesus, it moves your heart and ushers in your reply and my answer to prayers. I want to do greater things, to reach out and love others for your glory alone, not mine. I want a deeper prayer life, to trust you even when the answer seems so delayed.  In Jesus Name,  Amen

 

Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson is a writer, youth minister, pastor’s wife, mother of two, and typical lipstick loving Southern girl. Jennifer has been in ministry for seventeen years and loves to speak at women’s retreats and special events. She likes her tea hot and sweet with lots of sugar and cream.

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