So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. John 11:41 (NNAS)
Do we have the same kind of relationship with the Father that Jesus had? Can we? Do we have a confident faith that God will give us what we ask in prayer? Can we? Do we give thanks to God for answering our prayer? Shouldn’t we? Jesus did.
How was it possible for Jesus to have such a close relationship to His Father? How was it possible for Jesus to have such a complete trust in God? I believe it was through His times of regular, intimate prayer. Jesus had spent much time in prayer. Jesus had seen His Father work through Him in answer to prayer. Jesus had learned that through prayer God was faithful to keep all His promises. By coming to His Father in prayer, and trusting Him to answer, Jesus had seen His Father demonstrate His power.
Prayer sustained Jesus. Prayer was more important to Jesus than food. Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work1." Jesus always sought the Father’s will in prayer.
Jesus had faith that His Father would answer His prayer. The interesting thing in John 11:41 is that Jesus gave thanks before His prayer was answered and Lazarus was raised from the dead. He knew His Father would answer His prayer, because His desire was to do the will of His Father and to bring glory to Him.
We can have the same intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, through prayer that Jesus had. "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty2. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!3"
Because of the wonderful promise in His Word, we can be confident too, that God will give us what we ask in prayer. "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you4.
Let us be thankful that we can have the same confidence before the Father that Jesus had, that we can know that same intimate fellowship through daily prayer that Jesus knew, that we by our obedient faith, can daily experience Almighty God working through our prayers as Jesus did.
1John 4:34 NNAS 22 Cor. 6:18 NNAS 3Gal. 4:6 NNAS 4Mark 11:24 NNAS