5When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. 6Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old. 8One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. 10While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying. 11While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.Luke 1:5-13
Have you ever felt like God was running late? I wonder if Zechariah did. After all, his and Elizabeth’s credentials were rock solid. Not only were they both of the priestly line of Aaron — guaranteed blessing — but they were considered righteous in God’s eyes. They did the right thing all. the. time. And yet the one thing – children – had been denied them. Now they are old; perhaps even past the age of hoping for descendants.
And yet, at the exact right time, God sent Gabriel to tell them they would have a son. God heard their prayers.
I bet you relate to this. Your credentials are in order. You’ve served God your whole life. You do the right thing. And yet, you wait. Perhaps you have given up hope that God heard you.
Today I declare that God has heard your prayer. He is moving on your behalf. He is sending miracles. Change is on the way. Even though you think you’re beyond the age of productivity. NOW is the right time!