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Prayer of the Faithful

Prayer of the Faithful

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Believing is Seeing
(Luke 1:5-20, 57-58)
Do you have to be perfect for God to hear your prayers?

Zechariah and Elizabeth obeyed the Law of Moses. For years upon years they had remained faithful to
God. They had placed their trust and confidence in the God and prepared for the ministry that God
had called them to do.

Zechariah and Elizabeth were called righteous & blameless (Luke 1:6)

this does not = perfect, but of solid character, faithful and upright
Prayer of the \u201cfaithful\u201d and \u201cupright\u201d is heard by God (Luke 1:13)
God responds to faithful prayer (Heb. 11:1, Mark 11:24)
God responds to whole-souled prayer (Jer. 29:13)
Prayer demonstrates faith in the existence, power, faithfulness and mercy of God (Heb. 11:6)
Does God care about our desires as well as our needs?

How long are you willing to wait upon the Lord, remaining faithful? (Luke 18:8)

God answers prayer in \u201cthe fullness of time\u201d (Gk.C hron os) according to his plan (Gal. 4:4)
Nothing is impossible for God (Jer. 32:17, Mark 9:22-24)
Both Zechariah and Elizabeth were old, she well beyond what was understood to be child-bearing age

(Luke 1:7, see also Heb. 11:11, Sarah)
Zechariah (Zacharias) means \u201cGod remembers\u201d - Gabriel\u2019s words to Zechariah were perhaps His first
contact of this sort in 400 years.
Elizabeth means \u201cThe Promise/Oath/Faithfulness of God\u201d
God responds to persistent prayer (Col. 4:2)
Zechariah was blessed/chosen to serve in the temple despite long odds

King David divided the Levites into 24 courses for the performance of their duties as priests of Israel in the maintenance and operations of the Temple and its observance of every ordinance of God. Each course, in its turn, would serve in the Temple for only 1 week. The course of

Abia, the course that Zechariah was a part of, would have been the 8th course in the order of

their service. Jewish history and tradition tell us that there were approximately 18,000 priests
of the tribe of Levi who were assigned to perform the duties of the temple at any given time. If
we divide 18,000 by 24 we will find that there were 750 priests in each course and it would be
impossible to use each priest in a week\u2019s time, therefore many of these priests would only get 1
chance, or maybe never get a chance at all to serve in the Temple and do the job that they
committed their entire lives to learn to perform. Due to the huge number of priests, it was
determined by drawing lots which of the priests would be privileged to perform his duty that he
had been trained to do. On the week when the course ofAb ia was to serve, one representative

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