Miracles Are No Wonder
The one prerequisite to an effective prayer is that it should be doubtless, a doubting person should be fully assured that he/she will not receive anything as a result of prayer, faith in Whom we are praying is what is required to receive an answer to prayer.
“And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.””
Luke 1:18-20 NKJV
Even though Zacharias and Elisabeth were so eagerly desiring for a child, yet the knowledge of their aged bodies had pacified their desire for a child and amidst this deep knowledge of anatomy, the possibility of a miracle was far from imagination.
When we pray, we should believe and expect an answer from the Lord.
This is how David prayed…
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
Psalms 5:3 NKJV
After having expressed his heart to God, David looked up for an answer, he did not just leave having thrown some words in the air, he looked up and waited.
Zacharias responded as good as any frail man would, however Gabriel the angel did not like this doubting, for as he constantly stood in the presence of the Lord, for him, miracles are no wonder, he is the messenger angel of God conveying the message of deliverance to many and thus for him this was just another prayer being answered. Often the presence we stay-in changes our thought process, if we stay away from God and from the church, the world is sure to influence us with ungodly and vain thoughts, however only in God’s presence and in His house shall we be able to witness mighty deeds and His wondrous acts, often the testimony time in the church is so blessed which sends a message to us that if God can do for him/her, He will also do for us.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,……”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
What and who surrounds us matters much, for it enables us to throw away every unwanted weight of burden the devil easily ensnares us with and then we can run the race of our life perfectly looking unto Jesus.
Zacharias was not sentenced to death for his doubt, rather muted until he would see the blessedness. The very act of being muted restricted him from conveying his thoughts, however this blessed muteness gave him an inward witness of God’s sovereignty and power.
The ground rule of prayer is….
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
And let’s always remember what the Lord says to us…….
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
Let’s rule out all impossibilities and unbelief and remember that God made everything out of nothing and He can do the same again for us, let not our nothingness and negative circumstances derail our faith in God, for in His love for us-He will do everything.