“Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.”
The sequence of events in this passage are strange. Lazarus was still in his tomb dead. Yet Jesus’ was giving thanks to God for the miracle of raising him from the dead.
You would think that Jesus would say ‘thank you’ only after the great miracle had been accomplished and Lazarus was alive.
But Jesus gave thanks for what He was about to receive. His gratitude came before the blessing had arrived.
Most of us don’t sing songs of gratitude and thanksgiving for answers that have not yet been received. That’s because most of us don’t know the secret to miracle working.
And it is this…
Miracles are performed through spiritual power. Spiritual power is always in proportion to our faith. Therefore praising God in faith…for what we hope for, but have not seen…is actually the most vital preparation to the working of miracles.
Nothing pleases God more than praise as part of our prayer life. And nothing blesses us more than when we pray as much as we offer praise.
Let it be our habit to give thanks especially while we’re waiting. Waiting for God to give us that breakthrough…to answer that lifelong request…to deliver us from all that ails us.
And as we do, may God bless us and take us to heights we had never imagined…Amen.