“For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matthew 23:39 ESV)
Jesus was saddened and upset with the rampant immorality and corruption of Jerusalem. He condemned the city for its history of killing the Old Testament prophets. He prophetically lamented their rejection of him. He also promised that he would not return again until the appointed time, a time when they would welcome him.
Words are powerful things. Many scriptures talk about their power and influence. Their carry confession, conviction, and compassion. They offer forgiveness, hope, and encouragement. Their carry truth, impart life, and unlock faith.
What if Jesus is waiting for you to say something in your life? What if something he has been wanting to do for you is hinging on your declaration? God is good, and loving, and all-knowing. He will not answer a prayer we are not ready for. What if our words were sometimes the act of faith that demonstrated our readiness for His blessings?
I’m not saying we stand up and declare our faithful words in a grab for material things. I don’t think our faith equates to our control. However, I believe scripture is clear, as Jesus repeatedly pointed out, faith makes a difference. Sometimes you might think you believe something, but you won’t really know how strongly you believe until you say it.