“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.'” (John 11:41)
Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus prayed, “Father, I thank You that You have heard me.” When you know your prayer is in harmony with God’s will, you can wrap it up with the same words: “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” Understand this: after you’ve prayed, the devil wants you to go away and wonder whether or not God actually heard you, or if He’s willing to grant your request. But when you know God has heard your prayer, you have confidence. You think, act, and speak differently. Anxiety is replaced with peace.
Here are a few Scriptures for you to meditate on:
- “When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6-7).
- “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
- “If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them … whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24).
Today, begin to thank God that He has heard your prayer, and that He will answer it in the way that’s best for you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing my prayer and plea. Protect me from Satan who wants me to think differently! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.