The thing about prayer is — there is no expiration date.
So, sometimes I have to go back and undo foolish requests.
“Oh God, You know that thing I said I wanted? I changed my mind. I don’t want it anymore, so please don’t give it to me.”
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah in the holy place,
Gabriel’s words might have thrown the elderly priest off a bit.
“Your prayer has been heard.” (Luke 1:13)
Ummm….which prayer is that, exactly?
Evidently, one that he had prayed a long time ago.
“Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.”
I suppose Zechariah and his wife had prayed for children during the early years of their marriage, probably into their 20’s and 30’s. Perhaps the fervency picked up in their 40’s, but surely now that they were well along in years, those prayers were abandoned.
The thing about prayer is — God knows better than we do what’s good for us and when we’re ready for it.
Sometimes we need time to grow into our prayers.
Still, I wonder if any 30 year old prayers of mine might be answered today.