Words from the Heart for Thursday December 6th, 2018
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.”
Luke 1:13 (NRSV)
Your Prayer Has Been Heard
The Lord sent His messenger, Gabriel, to a priest serving in the holy place. It was the time of prayer. This man, Zechariah, had every reason to doubt the announcement he heard. There was no possible human way for him and his aged wife, Elizabeth, to have a child. That was the announcement of the Lord. God was supernaturally setting everything in place. He was fulfilling His word.
The Angus Reid polling people have recently done a survey on the prayer habits of Canadians. Of the 52 per cent of people who pray “to thank God,” the majority — 64 per cent — pray on a daily basis, whereas 36 per cent pray just two to three times per month. Conversely, of the 49 per cent of people who pray “to ask for help,” 42 per cent pray regularly, and the majority — 59 per cent — pray far less frequently at two to three times per month.
Prayer is a two-way conversation. We often forget that when we pray, laying our before the Lord all of our needs and desires, and expecting Him to speak into our lives, or perhaps even answer our prayers. I have a friend who is a prayer warrior, and she not only records every prayer she prays, but when the prayers are answered. It is profoundly moving to read her list of answered prayers, and to see how faithful God has been to her over the years. There is a verse in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel where an angel speaks to another faithful prayer warrior named Zechariah, a priest in the Temple. He had been praying that he and his wife Elizabeth, both of whom were elderly, would conceive and have a child. And Luke 1:13 records this: “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.’” God’s answer to Zechariah’s prayers would impact the world. His answers to your prayers will impact your life just as powerfully.
These have been words from the heart.