I do not understand why I am surprised when God answers my prayers. I have witnessed him moving mountains in the lives of others — people I have prayed about for years. I have seen circumstances dramatically change. Yet I am still surprised when I see it happen. Why?
It makes me relate to Zechariah in Luke 1:5-18 where an angel appeared to him inside the temple to tell him God has heard his prayer. The angel tells him his barren wife Elizabeth “will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John (1:13, NASB).” It is an answer to prayer, yet Zachariah doubts. “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years,” he responds (18).
It is how I often respond. Even though I pray to God for something to happen, I look at my request through human eyes. I can only see that it is not humanly possible — which is exactly the place God wants us to be. If it seems impossible, then only God can do it. We need to rely on God, to deepen our faith and trust in him. I need to release my barren thoughts that can’t conceive of what is possible with God.
The angel causes Zachariah to be mute because of his disbelief in what God conveyed he would do. “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time,” the angel said (20). This statement is instructive to me — to silence my doubt and let God work in His time. To pray to Him with expectation and trust. “For nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1:37).”
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“And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.” – Luke 1:64