Can our prayers really produce miracles?

Of course our prayers produce miracles, because Jesus said they would.

In John 14:12 Jesus said, “I declare to you that whoever puts his trust in me shall do the same things that I have done.” And that included miracles, because in verse 11 the evidence Jesus gave of the Father living and working in him was the miracles he was doing. Jesus then promises in verse 12 that those who trust him “will do what I have been doing,” and “even greater things than these.”

So we’ve got Jesus’ clear guarantee that our prayers will produce miracles, but what was the purpose of Jesus’ miracles in the first place? It was to provide proof, verse 11, that “I (Jesus) am in the Father and the Father is in me,” meaning, verse 10, that “the Father, living in me, is doing his work.” And that was Jesus’ reason for everything he said and did, including the miracles, to prove the Father was the power behind him so that, verse 13, “the Son may bring glory to the Father.”

And that reason still stands for Jesus now answering our prayers with miracles, because verse 13 in full says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” So what miracles does Jesus do now in our lives that bring glory to the Father?

Jesus answers that for us in John 15:8 – “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” We bring glory to the Father by being fruitful disciples of Christ. And Jesus tells us how we do that in verse 10: “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love.” A much loved disciple of Christ obeys his commands, and that’s how Jesus now lives and works in us to bring glory to the Father, just as Jesus obeyed his Father’s commands and the Father lived and worked in him.

Jesus then emphasized one command in particular in verse 12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

So that’s the miracle we’re after most, then, isn’t it? Obey that command and Jesus lives and works in us to the Father’s glory. And what makes that miracle so important is John 13:35, that “All men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” That’s the miracle that has the most impact on people. And it’s people worldwide too (“all men”), meaning it’s even “greater” in its scope (14:12) than the miracles Jesus did.

To pray for that, then, guarantees an answer, because that’s how we now bring glory to the Father.


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