When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
(John 11v43 NIV)
He didn’t go in and get Him.
Neither did He send others to bring him out.
Just a word of command.
Just three words.
This was a powerful event.
It wasn’t just the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
That in itself is enough.
It is the story leading up to this.
That is the important part.
We have to give God opportunity to do a miracle.
Otherwise we are trying to fix things ourselves.
If we do that it is just about us not Him.
Don’t underestimate the power of your words.
What you pray matters.
What you say matters.
What you say about others has impact.
Both on you and on them.
Speak words of blessing over others even if they don’t seem to deserve it.
Jesus avoiding saying that Lazarus was dead.
He did say it to help the disciples understand.
But the rest of His conversation did not.
Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be, or is meant to be.
Ask Him how He sees the situation.
Setbacks can be setups.