Whatever you ask in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours! Jesus is teaching us that IF WE BELIEVE in Him, once He has gone back to be with His Father, we then on earth HAVE to carry on the work that He did - we HAVE to do what He did! So many people seem to read John 14 without seemingly being able to believe it. Jesus has commissioned us to do the greater works!
Who is God? What is the Trinity? People have such strange ideas of who God is! When we were boys, my older brother thought Heaven was ‘like sitting on a damp cloud with your feet in butter’! I don’t know where he got that idea from!!! But people imagine God as an ‘old man sitting on a cloud’!!! Or they don’t think of God as relevant at all. That’s why He sent His Son Jesus, that we might understand who He is! That’s why Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father!” They ARE One!
Truth has fallen! In Isaiah 59:15 the prophet says, “Truth falls, and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey. And the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgement.” In our day, Truth has fallen. And those who depart from evil make ourselves victims… It displeases God! Verse 16, “And He saw that there was no man and no intercessor.” The Church today needs to get back to prayer, back to intercession! I live by prayer. Prayer is my daily communication with God.
We need to believe in the Power of the resurrection! In Acts 3, Peter and John were brought before the whole religious council - the High Priest, his kindred, the rulers, elders and scribes - for questioning, "By what power, by what name have you healed this lame man?" And Peter replied, "If we are being examined about this man and how he was healed, let it be known to you and to the whole of Israel that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom God raised from the dead, even by Him does this man stand, totally healed!" The religious leaders then responded, "Did we not strictly command you that you should not preach in this Name? But you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine!" But in v29 Peter and the other Apostles answered, "We ought to obey God rather than men." Our allegiance is to Jesus, the Son of the living God, who was raised from the dead; it is Him we must obey!
There is Power in the Name of Jesus to heal every sickness. In Acts 3, when Peter and John went up to the Temple they stopped after the lame man lying there at the gate asked them for money. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give you. In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Immediately the lame man leapt up! Peter said, “Why are you amazed? Why do you look on us as if we had done this miracle, as if by our power or holiness we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has glorified His Son Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied and crucified… HIS Name and faith in HIS Name has made this man strong!”
What we need now is a revelation and demonstration of who God is! When I was in prison for Bible smuggling so many people wrote to me, telling me God would look after me, that I would be released at the end of my sentence… No! I have SEEN THE POWER OF GOD! So, I challenged the Lord, “If You could work a powerful miracle 2000 years ago and break open the prison doors and get Paul and Silas out, I want to SEE YOUR POWER NOW! Not just in the past, but now that I’m in difficulty, in trouble! I WANT TO SEE YOUR POWER IN MY LIFE! God not only opened my prison doors, He sent the British Prime Minister, so I came out in a blaze of publicity!!! WOW! Only because I wouldn’t give in! Get into agreement with God’s Word. Don’t accept mediocrity and failure. Claim the victory in Jesus Name!
The challenge to all of us in this pandemic is, how are we going to respond? In Deuteronomy 4.27 Moses says to Israel, "The Lord will scatter you among the nations and you will be left few in number among the heathen." He foresaw God's people would be scattered, under persecution. People will tell you Christ is going to return in a blaze of Glory and before He comes, there's going to be revival and multitudes saved… But that's not actually what the Scripture says! Scripture actually says that in the last days, many will turn away from their faith. Jesus Himself said, when the Son of Man comes back, will He even find faith on the earth? The challenge is to go out into the 'highways and byways' and to compel the rejected to come into the Kingdom!
When is God’s Power revealed the most? – When everything is going wrong! David was not a young man when he wrote Psalm 63. He was facing enormous opposition, adversity, such a struggle, such a battle, and so often alone. So he’s saying, “O God, when I’m in the dry place, when I’m thirsty, when everything around me is barren, when the enemy is raging against me, when everything is difficult – I want to see Your Power in my extremity – as I once saw it in the Sanctuary!” When we’re threatened and suffering, THEN God reveal’s His Glory through our deliverance!
We are living in extremely difficult times. Covid-19 has touched every part of the world. We have economic problems resulting from it. We’re facing unusual storms and earthquakes. To be called as Christians is not to live in isolation or in luxury. But I do believe all these are signs of the Coming of the Lord.
Psalm 63.1-2 is one of my favourite Scriptures from my teenage years. David is saying, “O God, You are my God, early will I seek You, my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water – to see Your Power and Your Glory as I have seen You in the Sanctuary!”
'I behold Your Glory' used by kind permission of www.vinesong.com