HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS

by Margo Bodishbaugh | Dec. 13, 2018

“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard…”

LUKE 1:13a ESV

Does God hear you? Are there things in your life that are too hard for God? Has He ignored you?

These questions may have glanced off the heart of Zechariah. He was an old man. He was a respected priest and yet he and his wife had no children. Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were righteous in the sight of God. They could have been bitter. They didn’t know if God would answer their prayers for a child.

Luke 1 says Zechariah was chosen by lot to go inside and burn incense on the altar. While he was there, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him that he and his wife would have a child, they would call him John, and he would be a great joy to them. He would bring many back to the Lord their God and make ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17). We would know this child as John the Baptist. But, Zechariah questioned Gabriel and because Zechariah didn’t believe, he was mute until John was born.

Not long ago, a friend and I were standing in the foyer at church watching my mother laughing with someone she just met, and she asked, “Has your mom had an easy life, or has she faced difficulty?” I was able to answer with conviction, “Oh my word, if you only knew what she has been through. And yet this is how she chooses to live. She lives each day as if it’s a gift to serve others.”

She lives each day as if it’s a gift to serve others.

My mom has lived on this earth for 74 eventful years. She has lived through tragedy, dysfunction and addiction in marriage, and heartache with family. She went back to school when my siblings and I were young.  She became a nurse and then a nurse practitioner and worked full time until she was 70. She’s touched many in our community. Although she has had many trials, she is joyful.

When I call her and ask, “How’s your day so far?”, she’ll almost always answer, “Well it’s just wonderful!” and then proceed to tell me why. The “why” often includes other people. Throughout her life she could have thought: Does God hear me? Is my crazy life too hard for God? Is He ignoring me? Is He really there? But she chooses to believe He does hear her. He does care.

Zechariah was unable to speak while Elizabeth was pregnant. He couldn’t speak of his joy regarding the promise Gabriel spoke over him. Zechariah couldn’t huddle with his guy friends and boast about how smart and strong his son would become. He couldn’t shout from the rooftops that God was blessing him and Elizabeth with a son.

Let’s not be mute. Let’s remind each other of the miracles, the answered prayers, and the goodness of our Father each morning. Let’s speak His provision over each other daily. Let’s be thankful in the moment, because we can. We know God hears us. I encourage you to share at least one time each day, until Christmas, of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and His miracle that is in you. It might become a habit.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:8-20 ESV

14 Comments

  1. Laura

    Marlo,

    Thank you for that. And knowing Jan it makes it more special. I too have had and continue to have a hard life and very hard days. The days are often hard to bear. This is the area I struggle in every single day. I probably ought to meet your mom for encouragement!

    Reply
  2. Leigh Smith

    Wonderful word, Margo! Thank you so much for sharing! God is so faithful and worthy to be praised!

    Reply
  3. Leigh Smith

    Wonderful word, Margo! Thank you so much for sharing! God is so faithful and worthy to be praised!

    Reply
  4. Darla Beller

    I never thought about the implications of Zachariah breing unable to speak. He suffered! I cannot imagine what it must have been like not to express his joy over the incredible miracle of which he and Elizabeth were a part. He paid this price because he didn’t believe! In my own life, I find it easy to believe God for everyone else, but quite difficult to believe God for my own life and circumstances. I don’t want my unbelief to silence me. I want to embrace all the truth of God for myself as well as for others and find great joy in expressing the miracle of His grace and love.

    Reply
  5. Carla Farrish

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom and her trust in God. She is a great example of faith to you and your girls. I feel the same about my mom. This is what God desires, that we keep showing our trust in Him and passing it down generation to generation.

    Reply
  6. Pearl Lind

    Oh yes thank you for reminding us of the goodness of God as well as looking for miracles around us!

    Reply
  7. Brian

    This is Great!Thank you for Sharing..

    Reply
  8. Pat Smith

    Amen!
    🎼To God be the Glory, Great things he has done 🎼
    And what a joy your sweet mom is to everyone

    Reply
  9. Carolyn Schmitt

    Totally agree about your truths! Our outlook is definitely determined by our
    up look! Thanks, your mom is a joy!!!

    Reply
  10. Kathy Vanpool

    What a great reminder to live each day to serve others. Your mom is awesome. This is just what I needed to hear today. Choose JOY! Thankyou faithful friend!

    Reply
  11. Cindy McGinnis

    Thank u for sharing Margo! Your mom has found joy despite her circumstances in this life. Only in Jesus!

    Reply
  12. Meni Hansen

    “Has He ignored You?” I’m finally understanding in my heart that He never does that. Thank you for this message.

    Reply
  13. Beth

    Margo, I just love your mom! She is generous with her joy and it is contagious. You can’t help but feel lifted up after being with her. She always makes a point to come over to me and say hello. I feel valued in her presence. You too have been able to carry that same joy and love for others. Thank you for always making me feel important to you! Thank you for this reminder that it is a choice to choose joy, not based on circumstances!

    Reply
  14. Beth

    “Let’s remind each other”…..so grateful you have done this for me.

    Reply

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He Hears Our Prayers

BY: Margo Bodishbaugh | Dec. 13, 2018

“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard…”

LUKE 1:13a ESV

Does God hear you? Are there things in your life that are too hard for God? Has He ignored you?

These questions may have glanced off the heart of Zechariah. He was an old man. He was a respected priest and yet he and his wife had no children. Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were righteous in the sight of God. They could have been bitter. They didn’t know if God would answer their prayers for a child.

Luke 1 says Zechariah was chosen by lot to go inside and burn incense on the altar. While he was there, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him that he and his wife would have a child, they would call him John, and he would be a great joy to them. He would bring many back to the Lord their God and make ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17). We would know this child as John the Baptist. But, Zechariah questioned Gabriel and because Zechariah didn’t believe, he was mute until John was born.

Not long ago, a friend and I were standing in the foyer at church watching my mother laughing with someone she just met, and she asked, “Has your mom had an easy life, or has she faced difficulty?” I was able to answer with conviction, “Oh my word, if you only knew what she has been through. And yet this is how she chooses to live. She lives each day as if it’s a gift to serve others.”

My mom has lived on this earth for 74 eventful years. She has lived through tragedy, dysfunction and addiction in marriage, and heartache with family. She went back to school when my siblings and I were young. She became a nurse and then a nurse practitioner and worked full time until she was 70. She’s touched many in our community. Although she has had many trials, she is joyful.

When I call her and ask, “How’s your day so far?”, she’ll almost always answer, “Well it’s just wonderful!” and then proceed to tell me why. The “why” often includes other people. Throughout her life she could have thought: Does God hear me? Is my crazy life too hard for God? Is He ignoring me? Is He really there? But she chooses to believe He does hear her. He does care.

Zechariah was unable to speak while Elizabeth was pregnant. He couldn’t speak of his joy regarding the promise Gabriel spoke over him. Zechariah couldn’t huddle with his guy friends and boast about how smart and strong his son would become. He couldn’t shout from the rooftops that God was blessing him and Elizabeth with a son.

Let’s not be mute. Let’s remind each other of the miracles, the answered prayers, and the goodness of our Father each morning. Let’s speak His provision over each other daily. Let’s be thankful in the moment, because we can. We know God hears us. I encourage you to share at least one time each day, until Christmas, of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and His miracle that is in you. It might become a habit.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:8-20 ESV

14 Comments

  1. Laura

    Marlo,

    Thank you for that. And knowing Jan it makes it more special. I too have had and continue to have a hard life and very hard days. The days are often hard to bear. This is the area I struggle in every single day. I probably ought to meet your mom for encouragement!

    Reply
  2. Leigh Smith

    Wonderful word, Margo! Thank you so much for sharing! God is so faithful and worthy to be praised!

    Reply
  3. Leigh Smith

    Wonderful word, Margo! Thank you so much for sharing! God is so faithful and worthy to be praised!

    Reply
  4. Darla Beller

    I never thought about the implications of Zachariah breing unable to speak. He suffered! I cannot imagine what it must have been like not to express his joy over the incredible miracle of which he and Elizabeth were a part. He paid this price because he didn’t believe! In my own life, I find it easy to believe God for everyone else, but quite difficult to believe God for my own life and circumstances. I don’t want my unbelief to silence me. I want to embrace all the truth of God for myself as well as for others and find great joy in expressing the miracle of His grace and love.

    Reply
  5. Carla Farrish

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom and her trust in God. She is a great example of faith to you and your girls. I feel the same about my mom. This is what God desires, that we keep showing our trust in Him and passing it down generation to generation.

    Reply
  6. Pearl Lind

    Oh yes thank you for reminding us of the goodness of God as well as looking for miracles around us!

    Reply
  7. Brian

    This is Great!Thank you for Sharing..

    Reply
  8. Pat Smith

    Amen!
    🎼To God be the Glory, Great things he has done 🎼
    And what a joy your sweet mom is to everyone

    Reply
  9. Carolyn Schmitt

    Totally agree about your truths! Our outlook is definitely determined by our
    up look! Thanks, your mom is a joy!!!

    Reply
  10. Kathy Vanpool

    What a great reminder to live each day to serve others. Your mom is awesome. This is just what I needed to hear today. Choose JOY! Thankyou faithful friend!

    Reply
  11. Cindy McGinnis

    Thank u for sharing Margo! Your mom has found joy despite her circumstances in this life. Only in Jesus!

    Reply
  12. Meni Hansen

    “Has He ignored You?” I’m finally understanding in my heart that He never does that. Thank you for this message.

    Reply
  13. Beth

    Margo, I just love your mom! She is generous with her joy and it is contagious. You can’t help but feel lifted up after being with her. She always makes a point to come over to me and say hello. I feel valued in her presence. You too have been able to carry that same joy and love for others. Thank you for always making me feel important to you! Thank you for this reminder that it is a choice to choose joy, not based on circumstances!

    Reply
  14. Beth

    “Let’s remind each other”…..so grateful you have done this for me.

    Reply

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