Luke 1:11-17 says, “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.” “And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.” “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.” “And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.”
When I was fresh out of high school, my sister and I spent a lot of our time out with friends by the lake in the little country town we grew up in. One night, while driving on curvy backroads, right above the lake, I took a curve too fast. My car spun out of control, tipped over on its side, hit some trees, and was just about to head over the mountains side, down into the lake when a hand appeared.
This hand was surrounded by a bright light and I could tell that whatever it was, was wearing a white robe. I thought I had already died or that I had hit my head too hard and was hallucinating. I was scared to death and worried about my sister. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But the moment that hand appeared, the car came to a halt and never went into the lake down below us. I remember hearing a voice speaking to me in that moment, saying, “I am not done with you yet, my child.”
My car didn’t even have a scratch or dent on it. It was like the wreck had never happened. That is how the God we serve works. He saw mine and my sisters need that night and heard our prayers as we cried out in fear. God delivered an answer to our prayers right in that moment and spared us from death.
Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers right away because He wants our faith and patience to grow stronger. If you have been praying the same thing for weeks or months, don’t get discouraged just because you don’t see the prayer getting answered right away or when you think it should get answered. Instead of getting discouraged, look back on Zacharias and Elisabeth’s story and take comfort in knowing that God works in the impossibles and always makes them possible for us.
“For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” “And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.” “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Could you imagine being in Zacharias and Elisabeth’s shoes? To hear from an angel that God never forgot their hearts desires and was finally going to bless them with an amazing baby boy? The same God that John the Baptist’s parents served, is with us each day, hears our prayers, and knows our hearts desires. He is a God who never stops working or caring for our needs.