God Answers Our prayers
Scripture text Luke 1: 5- 20
The nation of Israel had no prophetic word from God for 400 years. Zachariah and His wife Elizabeth were faithful and lived a godly and blameless life. Their only sorrow was they had no children.
God answers our prayer later (v: 6,7)
The Bible tells children are a heritage from the Lord. Many eminent persons were born of mothers that had been long childless as Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Samuel. Both Zachariah and Elizabeth were very old. Age is not a matter for our Lord. God’s delay is not His denial.
God answers better (v :15)
God always gives better things for His children. It is the blessing of long waiting. In Matthew 11:11 Jesus tells “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” God gave them John the Baptist ,the last of the Old testament prophet who was a great prophet filled with the Holy spirit.
God answers when the situation becomes humanly impossible. (V 7-13)
In the life of Zachariah and Elizabeth God waited until both were well past the age of childbearing. When it was physically impossible God gave them a son. When it becomes humanly impossible God will do a miracle. Don’t give up your prayer. God has appointed a day for your miracle.
Impossible circumstances are where God’s glory shines the brightest
God answers for His glory (v 16-17)
The coming of John the Baptist was to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” God has a purpose and plan for our lives. We have to live for His glory. We should benefit for the advancement of His kingdom. Christ should be glorified in all that we do and those who see us should know the love of Christ in their lives too. We should not take the glory for ourselves.
God answers according to His will/His time (v 14)
When God answers according to His will there will be joy and delight. The scripture says in verse 14 " He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth". “Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.”V 58
Habakkuk 2:3 says “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Why was Zachariah’s prayer not answered 10 years earlier or 10 years later?
God needed a forerunner of the Messiah.
If a daughter asks her father a chocolate bar and the father, knowing his daughter is allergic to chocolate, wouldn't offer her a chocolate bar even if she asked for it. Does the father not care about his daughter's desire? No, the father is bearing the responsibility of parenting and doing what is best for the child.
Sometimes, what we think is best is definitely not beneficial for us. So, next time you fail to get the answer you want or you feel like God is being quiet just trust Him. With time, you'll see His protection and divine hand in your situation.