Did Jesus thank the Father before every miracle?

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There are many instances in gospel where we can see that Jesus thank his father before doing the miracles.

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me” (John 11:41). 

In the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus thanked His Father that He had heard His prayer (John 11:41-44).  It is also recorded that Jesus gave thanks before the miracle of feeding the five thousand with the five loaves and two fish (John 6: 10-12).

While there are some miracles where Jesus is recorded to give thanks to the Father, there are many other miracles where the gospel authors  do not record Jesus giving thanks (John 9:1-7, John 5:2-9, Matthew 9:23-25, Matthew 9:20-22, Matthew 15:30, Luke 17:12-19).

While it might not have been recorded that Jesus gave thanks to the Father for a miracle, it may be that He did thank the Father at the time and it was simply not recorded by the gospel author. When Jesus fed the four thousand with seven loaves and a few small fishes, it doesn’t record that Jesus gave thanks for the food that was miraculously multiplied (Matthew 15: 34-38), however it was customary that Jesus gave thanks before a meal (Luke 22:19).  Simply because it is not recorded that Jesus said “thank you” for a miracle it is still very possible that Jesus did give thanks. The Bible authors did not add every detail to every event simply because they wanted to keep the focus on a specific point of that event.

Jesus was one who spent much time in prayer (Mark 1:35) and it is very likely that Jesus thanked His Father during some of that time. The Bible simply doesn’t record every detail. The Bible authors wrote as they were led by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:21). The Spirit inspired the Bible authors to relate the important details in order for us to learn the lessons in the stories (Deuteronomy 29:29). There are many things that Jesus did that are not mentioned in the Bible and we wont’ know until we go to heaven.   May we abide in Him to be there one day soon.

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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