Many people know the miracle story of Elizabeth and Zechariah; an old, virtuous priest and his wife, a lover of God, old and barren.
One day, Zechariah had been chosen to serve as priest. This was a great honor to enter into the Holy Place and burn incense before God. It is said that there were 20,000 priests in Christ’s time, creating a once in a lifetime opportunity for each priest. Lots were cast and it was Zechariah's big moment.
All of the sudden an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah and said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah! God is showing grace to you. For I have come to tell you that your prayer for a child has been answered. Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son and you are to name him John” (Luke 1:13 TPT). Later in the story, Zechariah is shown to challenge the angel, not believing he and his wife were of good enough age for conceiving children. The angel said, “But now, since you did not believe my words, you will be stricken silent and unable to speak until the day my words have been fulfilled at their appointed time and a child is born to you. That will be your sign” (Luke 1:20).
God kept his promise. Zechariah could speak once the child was born and John became the paving road for Jesus Christ.
What is most interesting to me in this story is verse 13. According to Greek Scholar, Brian Simmons, when you look at the verse in the Greek, it allows for a possible translation of “prayer you don’t even pray anymore”.
Zechariah and Elizabeth’s desire to have a child had probably been a grueling, emotional and hopeless journey. They were old and hadn’t seen their prayer come to pass, so they tucked it away in the depths of their heart and forgot about it. But, God didn’t forget about it.
God hasn’t forgotten about your heart’s cry either. Continue to stay steadfast and remember his promise; He loves you and is for you, always.