Tuesday, December 20, 2011
When You Pray and God is Silent
Fifteen years. "God, have we done something wrong? Don't you love us?" No answer.
Elizabeth passes the age to give birth. She turns 60, then 70, then 80. They can't understand why God never answered, yet they both continued to walk blamelessly, and refused to blame God or get angry with Him. Then Zacharias is "chosen by lot" to serve in the Temple that day. This position of service was decided by lot, and once he was chosen, this was the only time he could serve in the Temple during his lifetime. It was on this day that Gabriel shows up, calls Zacharias and Elizabeth by name, and tells them their prayer had been answered. Yes, the prayer that they prayed 60 years before!
What can we learn from this? Several things:
1.God hears our prayers, even when it seems like He doesn't.
2.He will answer the prayer in His timing, which usually isn't ours.
3.God's delays are not His denials. Don't give up trusting Him.
4.Angels know our names and where to find us. Gabriel called them by name and later he knew exactly where to find Mary (Luke 1:26-27).