"God Has Heard Your Prayers"

During Zechariah’s angelic visitation (Luke 1:13), Gabriel’s words were a bold proclamation of the heart and faithfulness of God. “God has heard your prayer.” I tried to imagine what I would feel like if I heard those words from a heavenly ambassador. Did Zechariah initially hear the 5 word sentence brought to him from the heart of God? I don’t know. I don’t know if he wondered, “What prayer, which prayer…?” The Scripture shares that as the angel specified the prayer God was answering, Zechariah became incredulous. This man of God who had persevered through years of disappointment could not believe this astounding message from the throne of God. Here, all these years later, in the most unlikely place, at an impossible time- since the couple was past child bearing- God said, “I have heard your prayers”.

God reminded me of that truth for me as well, “I have heard your prayers” and repeated the angel’s other words, “Nothing is impossible to God!” (Luke 1:37). Prayers prayed years ago- secret, desperate appeals and intercession have been heard. Regardless of specific verification or evidence …despite time, distance or circumstance, God does not forget the desires of our heart entrusted to Him during prayer. Jesus promised us in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

During that Advent season, years ago, Holy Spirit gave me a personal anointed message about God’s faithfulness not only to hear, but to act on my prayers. Our God, our creator and sustainer, ministers not only love, but hope in the Advent season-and hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). Each year, as I reread the Luke passage, my spirit smiles at the memory of my lesson. The verses also remind me to come to my Savior in boldness and with trust, “God has heard your prayers, Peggy.”

May God’s words to Zechariah about our prayers- truly become your words of hope.

Submitted by Peggy Phelan