Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner. (Acts 9:36-43, NRSV)
Jesus said we would do all the things He did and even greater things.
Here Peter raises Tabitha from the dead. He restores her to community and he restores the community.
And how did he do it?
He emptied the room except him and Tabitha, and then he knelt down and prayed. He asked God to raise this woman, to work in and through him to restore life in community as it was.
And then he spoke with God’s power and told her to get up.
If we submit to the power of prayer, we to will do all that Jesus did and as He said even greater things!