Your Prayer Has Been Heard
Read Luke 1:11–18
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
What we see in this passage is the God of the impossible. Given their ages, there is no way Zechariah and Elizabeth could have thought they would have a son—that would have been impossible. But it is something they prayed for at some point. And God had a purpose for them to fulfill. Imagine Zechariah’s fear and doubt. Imagine his awe in the presence of the angel of the Lord. Imagine his excitement as he allowed himself room to believe.
- Reflect on your prayers. What do you typically pray for? What impossible prayers have you prayed or are you praying?
- In what area of your life do you need God to do the impossible? Spend two or three minutes contemplating this question, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.
Father, thank You for answering prayers. You see my deepest longings and meet me there. You know what motivates me and what drives my requests. Answer my prayers according to Your knowledge of me and what I need. Let me be in awe of the impossible. Amen.