He had prayed, asking the King of kings to take away the barrenness, birthing forth fruit of the womb instead. Zechariah desired a child and took that desire to our Father in prayer.
Gabriel had the privilege of bringing good news, alerting Zechariah to the forthcoming seed, the fruit that would be birthed from his wife’s womb. His prayer had been answered! It was a reiteration of God’s word, confirming that the prayers of a righteous man do availeth much. (James 5:16)
Oh, and the promise that was spoken, the prophetic words for the purpose of Zechariah’s son’s life! My heart dances with glee even now, just thinking of the hope and power God was birthing through this promised child.
Isn’t it beautiful? God was already planning, putting the pieces into place to change the lives of many: a father who prayed, a son birthed through a promise, many Israelites who were about to find their lives changed, and you and I as we find our eyes opened through this scripture passage.
God answers prayer; it is our privilege to believe. Big or small, He hears them all.
Zechariah prayed a big prayer and it was answered, possibly years later, in a mind-boggling way. His wife was old; science tells us that old women don’t have babies. It blows the doors off our ability to grasp it. Yet, with God nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37) Are you ready to believe, even if it takes years to realize the answer?
Sadly, Zechariah questioned God’s answer, wondering how it could be. He forgot or missed that nothing is impossible with God. We, however, don’t have to question. We can simply pray and believe.
If it feels nearly impossible, grab the hem of His robe just as the woman with the issue of blood did. She grabbed in earnest with faith and found healing. We can too. In fact, sometimes I literally put my hands out, grasp and tell God that I believe.
He’s given us a beautiful promise for this season of the Promise.
Be encouraged today because He is….a prayer answerer.