My dad left some minerals rights me more than 30 years ago. I have prayed that the Lord would grow some of that “seed” in my behalf. Now past 80 years old, I am thinking surely the time is nearing when the Lord will answer that prayer. In another, 10 years will I even want to go shopping?
With that in mind, I’m thinking of Luke’s story about Elizabeth. How Elizabeth must have feel when she was “very old” and had not yet had a child! Did she still want one? I certainly understand if she no longer wanted to go shopping pushing the stroller along the crosswalks! Well, according to Luke, she did still want the child and I guess she was in bliss as friends and relatives pulled down the corner of the blanket to view the miracle.
The angel said to Zechariah, “your prayer has been heard.” When did he pray for a baby? Sounds like he must have given up having a child years ago. No fatherhood for him! But in that land from whence the angel came, that land where time is not, the prayer was heard and answered. They just had to wait for the appointed time! Well, perhaps I’ll still get my oil well!
I am somewhat jesting about my prayer for an oil well. That may be why I don’t get it; I’m not praying very fervently. Also the oil well might not be God’s will, but prayers for the spiritual rebirth of our children are fully in tune to God’s desire. Continue in fervent prayer and don’t give up! You, like Elizabeth, will rejoice and say, “In these days he has shown his favor…” And, like Paul, you can say, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you (Gal. 4:19).