Sounds a bit like the common ‘Did the Egg come first or the Chicken’.
I observe the following in the below Bible passage:
There is no faith present in Zechariah.
The man is hopeless.
They had cast lots to see who was to go into the temple and the lot fell on Zechariah so he is doing his duty monotonously.
He is in the temple not at his will but is almost forced into it, according to a custom.
The man has been praying for something, yet, he is not prepared for his prayer to be heard.
Suddenly God shows up, but looks like Zechariah was not expecting the Lord to show up.
When the Angel announces to him that his prayer has been heard, his response to that announcement is ‘I don’t think its possible’
This is a unique case, Zechariah has prayed for something too long, his need is too big. His case seems difficult.
And its too late already.
On the inside, he has given up.
God knows he needs a MIRACLE first unlike most cases, where it is FAITH first.
As you are reading this, do you relate to Zechariah’s’ case?
If you are, remember:
It doesn’t matter how long you have prayed.
It doesn’t matter that you have run out of faith.
It doesn’t matter that you have now begun to pray monotonously.
It doesn’t matter that you are forced into praying by religion and custom.
It doesn’t matter that something inside of you has given up.
God sees that your case is unique.
God has heard your prayer.
The MIRACLE is coming first.
Your FAITH will rise after this miracle.
He was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”