Monday, 1 December 2008

Luke 1:8-13a - "Don't be afraid...your prayer has been heard"

"And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard;.."

Picture this:

You're having a hard time with your faith. You're wanting to get a move-on in life, in a direction which you feel makes sense - and it doesn't seem to be happening. At all.

Zechariah was a priest (in Biblical times), whom along with his wife Elizabeth wanted a child, however the two of them were elderly. Heartbreaking as you can imagine; they were devout to their religion and followed it faithfully, through and through.

And one day he goes to God's house to carry out his 'duty', his role which has been placed upon him. While he's doing his job, there's an angel standing in front of him.

Think about going down to the church hall for band practice and the past couple of days you've had have been lousyl the worst of the wotst. So you get out your instrument, you start warming it up, you sit down in your seat, ready to play a tune and then you look to your right....and do a double-take - AAHHHH!!!

There's an angel standing next to you. (And we're not talking about looking in the mirror here, by the way!)

How would you feel about that? You would probably be ready for the funny farm! After having a bad week, this is more than likely going to tip you over the edge.

But then the angel speaks - and he, or she, calmly says, "Don't worry - God has heard your prayer. He hears what's going on. Chill."

One of the things about church is we don't always come with great expectations, maybe we can be a bit cynical, but when you least expect it - just when you thing it couldn't get any worse....it doesn't; because the Spirit speaks and moves and acts upon your prayer.

And, like He did with Zecharia (by giving him a son in the form of John The Baptist), I pray His blessings on what your troubles are this evening. For he has everything in hand.

God bless you.

dw :)