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. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:41-43)

At Lazarus’ tomb Jesus prayed, thanking His Father… that You have heard Me. This public prayer at the tomb was not His first concerning Lazarus’ death. From the moment Jesus received the news He declared “come forth!” Jesus’ oneness with God the Father believed for the supernatural outcome.

Jesus’ words also reveal another layer: Because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me. In the Kingdom, events occur as the heart receives them—as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. God’s plan joins our words to place human and spiritual entities on notice of a divine, eternal outcome.

Prayer matters. Heart-belief matters. Words are critical. Do as Jesus did—believe.

Amen.

John 11:41-43 | Proverbs 23:7 | John 6:63 | John 14:10 | Proverbs 8:22-24  | Verses@Once