The last few days the Lord has been reminding me very strongly of prayers I have prayed through the years, starting when I was 12. Suffice it to say,  I am many decades past 12 now! Why has the Lord been bringing them up? Some of those prayers have been answered in part and some completely. Some seemingly have not been answered at all or at the least I have not seen the manifestation of them yet.

 Have you ever wondered where your prayers go after they leave your lips? Is there some kind of heavenly process they go through? I think about strange things like that. Do they just vanish into nothingness, never to be heard or heard of again?

If you prayed a prayer years ago and it hasn’t been answered yet does that mean the answer was and emphatic “no!” Does it automatically mean you prayed amiss? Will you ever see the manifestation of that answered prayer?  Should you just give up on that dream, that promise, that situation or that person?

Questions, questions, questions???????? 

In my daily Bible reading today, I came across an interesting scripture and commentary. It really struck me. It is Luke 1 verses 7 and 13. “And they (Zechariah’s & Elisabeth) had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years......But the Angel said unto him, Fear not Zachariah’s for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” 

“The Greek translation should read, your prayer WAS heard, not IS heard, implying that it was no longer offered because of their age; but every prayer prayed in the Will of God is always heard by the Lord, and will be answered in His due time.” ~The Expositor’s Study Bible Comments.

Zechariah’s and Elizabeth’s heart desire was to have a baby. They were now too old to produce a child. They had even given up praying about it. There hope was gone!  There prayer “was” heard, past tense! Even though they had stopped praying over it, God had not forgotten their petition. He had a specific purpose for what seemed like a denial. Zechariah and Elizabeth would have a son named John. He would become John the Baptist who would prepare the way for the Lord Jesus Christ! Wow, what an honor to be a forerunner for Christ, to make things ready for Him! His birth was perfect timing. He was worth waiting for!!!

It’s is no mistake that Zechariah’s name means “remembered of Jehovah.” The Lord did not forget he and Elizabeth. God remembers you! It is true, He did wait until it was physically impossible for them to produce a child. It had to be a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. God would receive all the glory for John the Baptist’s birth. 

Human nature tends to let things go and stop pursuing that which has been delayed for a long time. We find ourselves with a mindset that says, “this is just the way things are.” We begin settling for less than God’s best for us when God has a surprise that is way better than what you were originally believing for. Trust His heart. Trust His timing. Trust that He knows best.

It is important to keep in mind that we can pray amiss so check your heart. What and why are you praying for something? What would be the long term affect if that was granted? What would it produce. Is it contrary to the Word of God? As a good earthly father would not grant the request of his child if it would be harmful to them, how much more are loving, Heavenly Father? James 1:17 reminds us that “Every good and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Our Father wants only what is best for us. 

However, if God has given you a promise in His Word regarding what you are praying for, expect and believe that you will receive it! Mark 11: 23-4, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.’ Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask WHEN YOU PRAY, BELIEVE THAT YOU RECEIVE THEM AND YOU WILL HAVE THEM.” At the time of your prayer and until it comes to pass you must believe that you will receive. 

As the Lord has been reminding of my past prayers and promises, I am contending for them.  They are crucial to my destiny on this earth.  I had such a hunger for the Lord and desire to serve Him that I started petitioning the Lord at 12 years old. I continuously asked, and still do, for Him to use me for His glory. I asked for Him to touch and change people through my life. He gave me a directive, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” ~ Mark 16:15. He spoke to my spirit and said that “I would teach, preach and minister in music the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ all over the world.” That has come to pass in part through my “Be Free” TV & Radio programs, churches, conferences and Cyber Evangelism but there is more, much more. There are souls I am to reach. People are lost, broken and hurting. It is important that I press through the veil of this level into the next to fully fulfill my call. 

 I am in the midst of what I call a “Prayer push.” I am interceding and pressing into God for the complete fulfillment of the prayer and the corresponding promise He gave me. Some things are way too important to let go to the wayside. The call, vision, mission and destiny of my life being of utmost priority. My heart’s cry is to be able to say of a truth that “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do” ~John 17:4 Message Bible.

 My prayers did not vanish, evaporate or expire because it has been decades. No they are still rising as incense before the Lord. God has been steadily bringing it to pass even though at times I felt it was at a snails pace. God has been so faithful to bring me and keep me through the process. 

What about you? What is critical in your life and family that you need to contend for? What cannot be left undone? Press in. Your prayers matter. Your prayers are powerful! Your prayers are heard! They “ascend like incense before Him,’ ~Ps. 141:2. They are not lost in space. They do not dissolve. They rise to HIM! 

Engage in your own “Prayer Push.” Your Heavenly Father says, “Come boldly to the throne of grace,” ~Heb. 4:16. Pray, praise and thank Him for being a God that hears and answers prayer! 

1 Jn. 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

And if we I know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.