“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” – John 11:41
Jesus lived a life of thanksgiving. He always thanked His Father for what He had and for always hearing Him when He prayed. That was how He released miracles in His life.
In the story of the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1–13), Jesus’ attitude was one of gratitude. He took a little boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish, gave thanks and had them distributed. He gave thanks for the little that was there and the little multiplied. Not only did the people eat as much as they wanted, there were 12 baskets Full of Leftovers!
So when you see the small balance in your bank account or in your wallet, thank the Lord for what you have. That’s your “five loaves and two fish”. When you give Him thanks that He is your provider and the source of your supply, in spite of the little you have, your little will become much, with leftovers!
Even when faced with the impossible, the solution was still, “Father, I thank You…” When Jesus stood outside Lazarus’ tomb, and the people took away the stone that was covering the tomb, He did not see the situation as hopeless and impossible. He simply lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” Then, He proceeded to call forth Lazarus, and the man came forth alive once more!
The raising of Lazarus, who had been dead for more than four days, was one of Jesus’ greatest miracles. And He accomplished this by saying, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” He thanked His way to an awesome miracle. There is power in Thanksgiving that is beyond our understanding. When you are faced with what looks impossible to achieve or breakthrough give thanks.
When I was in my late teens I woke up in the midnight. I heard very clearly that “this is last night, so put your house in order. It’s your time to die.” The atmosphere in that was filled with darkness and fear like you can cut it with a knife. Thinking it was the will of God I submitted myself to the voice and I started feeling weak. But I decided to thank God for how well He has used me to be a blessing to my world. In the mood of thanksgiving things started changing. Fear left, strength and I have been waking up since that day up till now.
Dearest, the next time you find yourself praying, “God, please do this for me! Please give me…” stop! Instead, say, “Thank You God, for hearing me. And because You have heard me, I thank You that I have what I asked for.” And when you thank God, the little that you have will multiply. Your impossible situations will turn around to reflect God’s provision. And resurrection life will transform you!