Who Hears Your Prayers? (Luke 1; John 1:1-14)

 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1:13.

Brothers and sisters, can I ask you each a personal question? Oh, I hope you said yes. Here is my question: Do you believe in prayer? I suspect that most of you, if not all of you, responded yes. If this be the case, I give praise to God. Now, here should be an easy follow up question. How long do you pray each day?

Someone recently said, In many Christian’s lives, there seems to be a disparity between our belief in prayer and our practice of prayer. If it be true, and it is, that Jesus hears our prayers, certainly we should want to spend as much time as possible talking with Him.

In Luke one we read the story of how the angel Gabriel came to Zechariah with good need. He said, “God has heard your prayer.” Immediately, as I read that statement, I stopped and pondered how often Zechariah came to God and asked for a child. One thing is for sure, God answered in a big way. John the Baptist was God’s yes answer to his prayer.

This leads me to another question: In what ways are you receiving answers to your prayers?

Now, it is certain that God wants us to pray. In John 1:16 we are reminded that God gives His people, “grace upon grace.” Later in Luke 1, Mary praises the God of Heaven for His grace given to her in that she would carry the Son of God in her womb. I love what she says:

for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.

Brothers and sisters, this same God is at work today. The Psalmist gives us such a wonderful reminder of this truth:

17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to old age and gray hairs,
    O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
    your power to all those to come.
19 Your righteousness, O God,
    reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
    O God, who is like you? Psalm 71:17-19

Brothers and sisters, It is God who hears our prayers. He wants you to pray and He is ready to answer your prayers in big ways.

Be assured of this: our prayer life becomes more meaningful when we remember the wonder of the one who hears our prayers!!!

2 questions:

  1. How has today encouraged you to pray?
  2. Is any prayer too big for God?

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