For many years, Elizabeth and Zechariah had prayed for a baby, but now they were old. Those prayers had long since dried up, knowing a pregnancy was impossible.
Zechariah was in the temple burning incense when an angel appeared, standing to the right of the altar. “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard…” (Luke 1:13a). Imagine the thoughts and emotions tumbling through Zechariah’s head. Surely he was confused. Maybe a bit unsure. Overwhelmed. Shaken.
Your prayers never disappear. They don’t have an expiration date. Whatever you’ve been waiting for, whatever you’re bringing to God, He hears and He is working. If it is for His glory and for your good, it will happen in due time. Maybe even long after you’ve stopped praying for it.
“… Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,” the angel continued (Luke 1:13b-14).
What is it you’re waiting for? Sit in the quiet for a few minutes and dare to name your unanswered prayers. And then say out loud, “My prayer has been heard”. Repeat it until you believe it, because it is true. Every single prayer you pray is heard by the Creator of the universe.
Elizabeth and Zechariah gave birth to John the Baptist. John’s name means “God has been gracious and has shown favor.” One of the meanings of ‘gracious’ is to show kindness. It’s God’s nature to respond to your hopes and dreams with graciousness and kindness, because He loves you deeply. You don’t have to have it all together or jump through all the hoops. Offer Him your unanswered prayers and rest in His kindness toward you.
He hears your prayers. He remembers your prayers. He is gracious to answer them when the time is right.