This Month's Promise

“... I will restore the fortunes... and I will rebuild them as they were before.”

- (Jeremiah 33:7)

Read: Luke 1:5-13


“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Zechariah and Elizabeth were a godly couple; both of them belonged to the priestly line. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. (Luke 1:6) But they had a great sorrow - they had no child and they were well advanced in age. Yet they did not give up. They made this a matter of constant prayer. Once Zechariah was chosen by lot, to offer incense in the holy place of the Lord’s temple. This was a high honor that was permitted to a priest, probably only once in his life time. On that particular day when Zechariah was burning incense, angel Gabriel appeared by the altar. Zechariah was frightened because the angel’s appearance could mean divine judgment. But Gabriel said to him, “Do not be afraid - your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you are to give him the name John.” How excited Zechariah must have been to hear the good news!

Dear friends, you may lead a righteous life like Zechariah; yet your prayers may not have been answered for a long time. Do not give up! James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” The godly couple Zechariah and Elizabeth did not become tired of praying but they prevailed. When their prayer was not answered, Zechariah did not get angry with God. He did not give way to frustration nor did He accuse God for not answering his prayer, but he continued to serve the Lord faithfully. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Accordingly, at the most unexpected hour, when Zechariah was burning the incense in the most holy place, the Lord met him and granted him his desire. He gave the old couple who belonged to the priestly line - not a priest but a prophet! Not an ordinary prophet, but the one who would prepare the way for the coming Messiah! What a joy! So, do not lose heart. Be faithful to the Lord and continue to serve Him even amidst sorrow and pray with expectation. Your prayer will be answered at the most unexpected time.

PRAYER:  Loving Lord, when my prayers are not answered for a long time, let me not become weary. Let me not lose my faith in You or on any account stop serving You, but let me with joyful expectation, prevail in prayer till I get an answer from You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.