The Lord answers a prayer from Zechariah and Elizabeth.
23 When [Zechariah’s] time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
I think it’s great that we have another story of prayer answered in this passage. God hears us when we cry out to Him.
Many people have “unanswered” prayers…at least they think they do. Remember that although the answer to a prayer may be “yes,” that other prayers will be answered “no” – especially if they are not within God’s laws and desires. Yet, still other prayers will be answered “not yet.” Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for children for a long time as evidenced by this entire passage (vs 7-25). Yet, God didn’t forget their prayer.
Interestingly, the answer had previously been “not yet.” But now, during Zechariah’s temple service in obedience to God, and even more so – during prayer and service to God for THE NATION – NOT for his personal needs – God answered his personal prayer.
Wow! God answered during a time when Zechariah was putting the needs of others above his own needs. He was being obedient to God in obeying His commands, and placing others before him. Then, and only then after years of praying for a child, Zechariah and Elizabeth’s prayer was answered.
Makes me stop and think. What have I asked for that God is waiting on me to pray the “right” prayer before He answers it…. What about you? Is there something you have been repeatedly praying for, but need to stop and pray for what God wants first?