The last few days I’ve been thinking about Jesus words as he stood outside the tomb of Lazarus,
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”
Jesus has come to “wake up” his friend Lazarus. He has such confidence in his oneness with the Father. He has such confidence that his Father hears him. We see once again what it is like to be one with the Father, through Jesus.
Martha, Lazarus sister, equally has confidence in Jesus oneness with his Father.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”
Martha knew it. Jesus knew it. They both knew that he was one with the Father. Do we hold the same confidence about Jesus? Do we know that he is one with the Father? Do we know that the Father always hears him?
But more than that, Jesus tells us that we will be heard by the Father. Why? Because as we are one with Jesus, so we are one with the Father. If we know and live, consciously, in true oneness with Jesus, we know and live consciously in true oneness with the Father. And Jesus expands that further for us.
“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
We will no longer ask of Jesus. We do not need to ask of Jesus. He will make a way for us, in himself, to ask the Father in his name. If we are one with Jesus, whatever we ask in that confidence and knowledge that we are one with him, the Father will give it to us. The Father will always hear us, because he always hears Jesus.
Jesus says to the Father,
The glory that you have given me, I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one.”
Do we have the confidence that the Father always hears us? Do we have confidence that the Father hears us at all? Are we still asking Jesus for what he is telling us to ask the Father for, directly?
To know that the Father always hears us, we must know that we are one with the Father in Jesus.This isn’t some head knowledge, but some deep identity in our spirit that knows without doubt that “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is saying to us, “You are one with the Father. Don’t ask of me. Ask in me. I Am in you, and you are in me. Because we are one, you and the Father are one. Go ahead, ask The Father for anything. He will give it to you.”
When we are confident that he always hears us, it will be that day, when whatever we ask in his name will be given to us. A son can ask the Father for anything.
As we eat of the Bread of Life, as we drink from the Inner Spring, we are one with Jesus. We see and know that we are a son of the Father. We too can say,
“I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.”
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