Have you ever prayed for something, some situation, some hardship and see nothing happening. You’re waiting patiently on God and even believing He will come through, but six months go by, a year goes by, two…. And in the microwave society that we live in, many times if things don’t happen when we want them to, we squeeze our fists, squint our eyes and say, “By-golly then I will make this happen!”
We begin do things at our own liberty, for our own fulfillment, instead of waiting for the Lord.
Mary K. Baxter in her book, “A Divine Revelation of Prayer,” taught that sometimes our prayers are not answered because the time for the full manifestation of prayer has not yet come. Meaning the season for it to happen has not yet come and the time of Father has not yet been ordained. “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was barren for many years, though her and her husband Zacharias lived righteous, “blameless” lives. – Luke 1:6 Zacharias was a priest of the temple in Jerusalem and one day while he was performing his priestly duties and burning incense in the temple, an angel of God appeared to him saying in Luke 1:13, “Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” That is, John the Baptist. He immediately replied, (paraphrased) “How can this be, for I am very old and so is my wife.” Of course, Zacharias became dumb that day because he disbelieved the angel.
No long afterward Elisabeth became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Eight days later when they went to the temple, all of the neighbors and cousins wanted to call him Zacharias, after his father, but Elisabeth corrected them saying, “He shall be called John.”
This is the John who went down in history as the forerunner of the Lord, Jesus himself.
God indeed heard Zacharias and Elizabeth’s prayer from the start, but He had a plan. A plan which in its right time and season will give him glory beyond that which you and I can possibly imagine.