Luk 1:8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
Luk 1:9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priestly office, to enter the temple of the Lord and offer incense.
Luk 1:10 And the whole crowd of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense offering.
Luk 1:11 But an angel from the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the incense altar.
Luk 1:12 And Zechariah was deeply disturbed when he saw him, and fear landed on him.
Luk 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not fear, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth is going to give birth to your son, and you will name him John.
Luk 1:14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
Luk 1:15 Because he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or beer; and he will be filled from the Holy Spirit, while still in his mother’s uterus.
Luk 1:16 And he will restore many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
Luk 1:17 And he will precede before him, in the same Spirit and power as Elijah to restore hearts of fathers to children, disobedient ones to right standing wisdom, to prepare a people who have been built for the Lord.
One of the things Zechariah had been praying for was a son. That wasn’t an empty request from him and Elizabeth. They really wanted a child. And the older they got, the more they wanted it. The less possible it seemed, the more fervently they prayed. All the couples around them had kids, and raised those kids. They kept praying. No kids. Their hair started getting a bit grey on the edges. They kept praying. No kids. Elizabeth went through menopause. They kept praying. No kids. Their neighbours’ kids started giving them grand-kids. Zechariah and Elizabeth kept praying. No kids. So, I am not surprised to read that Zechariah was a bit skeptical when he heard the angel say “your prayer has been heard” (13). But, skeptical or not, I want to remind you that John came to Zechariah and Elizabeth because they had kept praying.
LORD, give us the good sense to keep praying for what we want, instead of giving up on our dreams.