December 4: What is God’s plan for prayer?

And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Luke 1:14

Zacharias was old and tired. “Well stricken in years” (Luke 1:7). And now afraid (Luke 1:12). He was scared to death. As if the angelic visit wasn’t enough, trying to raise a newborn boy at an old age?

And to top it off, he would be mute for nine months (Luke 1:20).

Was God punishing Him? No – Zacharias was righteous and blameless (Luke 1:6).

God was blessing Him with joy and gladness (Luke 1:14).

God wants to make you joyful!

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:22

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