In John 14:12-14, Jesus told His disciples that when He went to the Father, His work would continue on earth. He said: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Jesus expected the disciples to carry on His work in an even greater way. It’s Jesus’ purpose and desire that His followers do greater works than He did. The reason for the “greater works” of the disciples (and Christians today) is that Jesus went to His Father in heaven and sent forth the power of the Holy Spirit. He will answer prayer in His name.
Jesus said, whatever you ask in My name, that I will do. This isn’t like an Aladdin’s magic lamp of prayer. It’s both an endorsement and a limitation. We must come to God in Jesus’ name, not in our own. We have no power other than what god gives us through His Son.
True prayer in Jesus’ name always has this goal – that the Father may be glorified in the Son. To pray in the name of Jesus means to get results. This is prayer God will answer!
The failure of answered prayer today isn’t the failure of Jesus to keep His promises. The failure lies within the hearts of His followers. It indicates a lack of faith, understanding and spiritual dedication. Jesus cast out demons and healed the sick. He desires us to do the same thing through faith, prayer and fasting. He’s troubled when we fail to share His ministry against the forces of Satan.
In Matthew 17:14-17, a father brought his demon possessed son to the disciples to be healed and they couldn’t do it. Jesus said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me. Jesus rebuked the demon and healed the boy. When the disciples asked why they couldn’t heal the boy, Jesus said, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Lord give me faith the size of a mustard seed!