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    Sunday, 5 November 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017 — Our Prayers, God’s Timing

     OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017

    Topic: Our Prayers, God’s Timing


      November 6, 2017 

    Read: Luke 1:5–17 | Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 37-39; Hebrews 3

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017

    Sometimes God takes His time in answering our prayers, and that isn’t always easy for us to understand.

    That was the situation for Zechariah, a priest whom the angel Gabriel appeared to one day near an altar in the temple in Jerusalem. Gabriel told 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” (Luke 1:13, italics added).
    When we cannot see God’s hand at work, we can still trust His heart.

    But Zechariah had probably asked God for a child years before, and he struggled with Gabriel’s message because Elizabeth was now well beyond the expected age for childbirth. Still, God answered his prayer.

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017

    God’s memory is perfect. He is able to remember our prayers not only for years but also for generations beyond our lifetime. He never forgets them and may move in response long after we first brought our requests to Him. Sometimes His answer is “no,” other times it is “wait”—but His response is always measured with love. God’s ways are beyond us, but we can trust that they are good.

    Zechariah learned this. He asked for a son, but God gave him even more. His son John would grow up to be the very prophet who would announce the arrival of the Messiah.

    Zechariah’s experience demonstrates a vital truth that should also encourage us as we pray: God’s timing is rarely our own, but it is always worth waiting for.

    What are you praying for today? Tell us at yourdailybread.org.

    When we cannot see God’s hand at work, we can still trust His heart.

    INSIGHT
    Waiting for God to answer our prayers is hard—especially when we feel the pressures of life. But we have been given the encouragement and promise of the help of the Holy Spirit. How does God’s presence in your prayers strengthen you as you wait? (see Rom. 8).

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 6, 2017

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