John 11:41 …then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
In this verse, we see a good example of Jesus giving thanks to God. Most times we forget to thank God before and even after He has heard our prayers. I want to encourage us today that when we pray we should remember to give God thanks as Jesus did both immediately after we finish praying (i.e. when we haven’t physically seen the answer to our prayers) and when He actually answers us – say Father, I thank You that You have heard and answered my prayers. One reason why I encourage this is because when we thank God very often, I realize that it attracts not only answers to our prayers but even more blessings! – just imagine someone who thanks you a lot for the little things you do for them, for the big things you do for them and for times even when you don’t do what they ask you…you will be more inclined to help this type of person even more, wouldn’t you? I believe it’s the same with our heavenly Father – He will be inclined to bless us more and answer our prayers when we thank Him a lot more.
Also, John tells us, that when we pray according to God’s will (which is revealed in His word i.e. we pray according to the word of God) we can be confident that God has heard us (even before we see what we are requesting), and when we are confident that He has heard us, then we know that He has granted our request and we can then boldly say “Father, thank you for hearing and answering me” ( 1 John 5:14-15).
The devil wants you and I to pray and then go off wondering whether the prayer has been heard and whether God is willing to grant that request we asked Him. The way to overcome this doubt in our mind is by speaking out and lifting our voice of thanksgiving saying Lord, I thank you that you have heard me and you will answer my request.
I pray for you today that you will pray more confidently and you will begin to tap into the power of thanksgiving.
You are for signs and wonders!
Psalms 26:7 …singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders…