Luke 1:13-But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zacharias! For I have come to tell you that God has heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. (LB)
For months, my dad had spent every free moment in the basement, building kitchen cupboards as a Christmas present for my mom. At least that’s what we children thought. We weren’t permitted to go down and see for ourselves. However, we anxiously hoped that they would be finished in time. When Christmas day arrived, those cupboards turned out to be an intricately formed dollhouse, including handmade furniture, for me, and a fine barn with animals and farm equipment for my brother Larry.
We had hoped for and expected one thing and quite another showed up. Prayer is like that. The answers aren’t always what we expect. Zacharias prayed for a son and likely expected the first sign of God’s answer to be something like morning sickness. He did not expect to see an angel or have his prayer answered when he was old and his wife well along in years (Luke 1:11-18).
What is our heart’s prayer? Are we prepared for the answer that will come in God’s way and in God’s timing? Why not?
Prayer: Father, we have preconceived notions about how you answer prayers. Help us see the outcome through your eyes. Amen.