Are you praying with an expectation to receive? Or are you just praying because you are expected to pray. It can be very challenging to stay praying in faith when we’ve been praying the same prayer point for years. Sometimes we get so used to praying for that thing that each time we pray, that prayer point comes up in the same manner and same words. When it becomes like this, our lips can mutter those lines but our heart might not be in it. I have found myself in this situation before. Zechariah was in the same boat as well.
Him and his wife Elizabeth have been praying for a child for years. Now they are old and things are getting very blurry. Zechariah has fallen into the trap of praying without expectation.
I am not blaming Zechariah because although i can’t fully relate to his experience, i know what it feels like to be waiting on something. He is a priest and everyone expects him to just carry on with life. “C’mon Zechariah, this is your cross and you should be able to walk through this”. So Zechariah continues serving.
The angel of the lord came to him as he was serving in the temple and told him that his prayers has been heard and answered. But instead of leaping for joy, Zechariah said;
“…….., “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Luke 1:18
I hear doubt from his answer. “How can i be sure this will happen?” The long wait has tempered with his faith. He now wants a proof. He wants to be sure.
I don’t know what it is that you are praying, trusting and believing God for. I would like to encourage you to stay in faith. God answers prayers.
Zechariah’s reason for doubting was his age and that of his wife. However God has done miracles like this in the past. Zechariah seems to have forgotten the cases of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah and how God heard their cries and opened up their wombs.
Don’t limit God because of the labels man placed on you
Zechariah and Elizabeth were labelled barren. But God made that which man called barren fruitful. I don’t know that label that has been placed on you. Maybe you have been called this since you were born. You might have spent all your life identifying with that label. Maybe it’s sickness, debt, you need a child, joblessness. Remember God can break through those barriers.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
In our season of wait, the devil makes us think we are alone. He makes us believe that what we are going through is worse and no one has ever gone through it before. But all of these are lies. So when next he comes to tell you you cannot do that thing, remind him of how you thought you couldn’t do something in the past and how God helped you to overcome that. Each time he tells you that you can’t come out of that debt, remind him of how God helped that brother or sister pay theirs off. Each time he tells you you will fail this exam, remind him of the many times God has helped you pass exams in the past. Draw strength from your testimonies and that of others.
“And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony…….” Revelation 12:11
If you are wondering if Zechariah got the answer to his request. He did. However his answer might not have been what he was expecting. He was dumb. This was his sign.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1
Today i pray that your faith is stirred up. That you don’t walk in doubt and unbelief. That as you pray, you pray with expectation to receive. That your heart is connected to your prayers. I pray that your hope will stay alive. That every blurriness will disappear. That you will be able to hold on and trust, that that which God has said concerning you will come to pass.
Keep hope alive my friend.
God bless you!