Reading: Luke 1:5-25
“… How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well on in years.” – Luke 1:18
Zechariah was convinced that he and Elizabeth could never have a child anymore. After all, they were already “well on in years”. By this time he and Elizabeth would have stopped praying for a child.
But the angel said “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son….” (v.13)
Jesus told us to be persistent in asking, to not give up with our petitions. We should be like the man who was bold enough to call outside his friend’s house late at night to borrow some loaves of bread, or the widow who would not let go of the judge until he granted her justice. But the apostle Paul only asked 3 times to be released from his thorn in the flesh (but with a clear NO for an answer to his prayers), and Zechariah, for obvious reasons, did not bother anymore.
But the Lord is bigger than our understanding, bigger than the law of nature, bigger than our hope, frustrations and defeat. He knows what we want, He knows what we need—even before we ask Him. But He wants us to approach him, to talk to him, to ask him and nurture our relationship with him. None of our prayers go to waste (a friend told me this last week!). When He moves beyond the limits it is to display His power to everyone and to achieve His purpose. At a personal level, He wants us to experience His favour and great mercy (v. 25,1:58).