Luke 1:5-10 says, “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.” “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” “And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.” “And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,” “According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.” “And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.”
No matter what our circumstances may be, our faith must remain strong in the Lord if we want to see Him move within our lives. In these scriptures, we learn that John the Baptist had parents of great faith. Elisabeth and Zacharias may have been facing the sorrows of Elisabeth being barren, but that didn’t stop them from believing that one day they would have a child.
We learn from Elisabeth and Zacharias that prayer is important in our Christian walks, but that having faith when we pray is even more important. If we are just praying to say we prayed, but yet we don’t have faith in God that our prayers are going to be answered, then our prayers don’t mean a thing. Whatever we are praying for, we must believe that God is going to bless our requests in His way.
When God sent His Son into the world, He made a way for us to go directly to our heavenly Father in prayer whenever we wanted and needed to. No longer were animal sacrifices necessary to have our prayers reach the throne of God. Instead, we can now approach the throne of God by Jesus being our intercessor and making our prayers known to God. What a glorious blessing it is to have an open line of communication with our Savior each and every day. Without Jesus being born, our open line of communication with our Savior would never have happened. Aren’t you thankful today for the power of our prayers done in faith?
Matthew Henry’s commentary says, “Prayers of faith are filed in heaven, and are not forgotten.”
When we go to our prayer closets or the altars at church to pray, let our hearts and minds be full of faith. When we are so full of faith and believe that God is going to do whatever needs to be done in our lives, the throne of heaven will surely touch and bless our souls.