“And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?”
When you read Mark 6, you will see that Jesus did many mighty works. In this chapter, He sent the twelve to preach, addressed John the Baptist’s situation, fed the five thousand, walked on the sea, and healed many at Gennesaret. The power of Jesus Christ is clearly seen through all of these incidents.
However, what was the key to these mighty works? Was the key His background? No; because many didn’t believe in Him because He was their kin. Was it His wisdom that enabled Him to do these mighty works? No! In fact, the people asked from whence He received this wisdom. Did these mighty works happen because He was part of the great group who knew how to do works like these? No! In fact, that was one of the reasons they doubted Him because He was not a part of the popular religious group.
So, what is the key that allowed Jesus to do these mighty works? The answer is found in verse 46 where it says, “And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.” The key was His prayer life. Even the Son of God knew the importance of getting alone to pray. Jesus knew that these mighty works could not be done without spending time alone in prayer. He certainly could have relied on His wisdom, intellect and talent because He is the Son of God, but the reason these mighty works happened is because He prayed.
You will never see God do mighty works through your life if you don’t spend time alone in prayer. You can go to every Christian conference and learn the methods of each place, but you will soon find out that those methods are not the secret to God doing mighty works. You can read every book written by Christian authors to glean ideas from them that you can implement in your work, but you are going to find out that those ideas are not the key to seeing God perform mighty works through you. The only thing that will make the difference as to whether your ministry or life is nominal or if mighty works are to done is how much time you spend in prayer.
When I study the people whom God used in the past, the one glaring similarity they all had was the realization that they needed God to do great works through them. Though many of these men had talent, organizational skills, speaking skills, and much more, they all knew their skills could not do what needed to be done to see God do mighty works through them. Every person through whom God has ever done mighty works understood the importance of getting alone to pray.
My friend, if Jesus Christ, the Son of God, knew the importance of getting alone to pray, mind telling me why you think you can do it without prayer? You will never see God do mighty works through you without that time in prayer. You will not see the victories of lives changed, souls saved, multitudes influenced without going apart to pray. Let me ask you, how much time do you spend in prayer? You cannot do a divine work through human power; you can only do divine work through the power of prayer. God’s mighty works are not an anomaly of yesteryear, but they are available today if you are willing to go apart and pray.