For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s “His Encouragement” posts. Each week, I will look at another “fear not” Scripture of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.
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.Luke 1:13 KJV
As we go into the Christmas season and the final “Fear Not” verses for 2020, I can’t help but begin in Luke chapter one with the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth and their son, John, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. We have here the first time God has spoken to his people in 400 years, and yet, during this time Zacharias and Elizabeth have remained faithful to the Lord. Zacharias was serving in the temple, just going about doing his job and minding his own business when an angel appears to him with a message. The first words out of the angel’s mouth is “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard.”
Zacharias and Elizabeth have been married a long time, and the Bible tells us they were “old and well stricken in years.” (I’m so glad Elizabeth wasn’t around to hear her husband call her old.) But they had no children. They had been praying for many, many years that God would give them a child, but that prayer had gone unanswered. It appears, by Zacharias reaction to the news, that they had given up hope of ever having their prayer answered. Maybe, they hadn’t even prayed that prayer in a long time, but God had not forgotten.
Is there something in your life that you’ve been praying about for a long time? Maybe you’ve even given up hope and have assumed God’s answer is no. Have you stopped praying for that request because it just seems impossible now?
This story today comforts us in knowing that God has not forgotten the prayers we pray. Sometimes, it might be “too late” in our eyes for God to answer a prayer, but he’s always on time by his calendar and he may be waiting for just the right moment to bless you in the biggest way. God couldn’t answer Zacharias’ and Elizabeth’s prayer when they wanted because it wasn’t the right time yet!
When your prayers go unanswered, take hope in the fact that it’s not the right timing or God has a bigger, better plan than you can imagine, despite the pain and heartache now.
Trust Him even in unanswered prayers and never give up hope. Keep praying!
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
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