Day 15

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Luke 1:5-17

BY Debbie Eaton

Text: Luke 1:5-17

I wish I could sit and have a cup of coffee with Elizabeth. I imagine our conversation would be filled with tears and laughter as we talked about our shared struggle of infertility. Isn’t it remarkable that the women of the Bible were real women with real-life hopes and dreams, just like you and me?

As much as I relate to Elizabeth, I am drawn to the story of Zechariah. He was Elizabeth’s provider, protector and lover. He was strong and courageous, and he carried the heavy weight of her barren womb. The rumblings of town gossip must have hurt. I see a lot of my own husband in Zechariah.

It was in the middle of my infertile years that my doctor told me I would need to have surgery to remove some tumors. I remember being terrified knowing there was a chance that I would never be able to have children. My husband was strong but scared. He told me if I came out of surgery whole, he knew God would bless us with a child. During the three hours of surgery he pleaded with God to keep me safe. As I was rolled out of surgery in a semi-conscious state, I remember my husband saying to me, “We will have a baby someday.” The wait for our son took three more years.

Waiting is always so difficult because we never know if our countless prayers will be answered the way we hope. Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed these same kind of waiting prayers. The scriptures say, “And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord” (Luke 1:6).

Then, on an ordinary day when Zechariah is going to work at the temple, God put into motion the miraculous details of Zechariah’s story—a beautiful chapter in God’s ultimate plan. Zechariah entered the temple to burn the fragrant fumes of incense that represent the prayers of godly people, those in covenant relationship with God. Outside the temple were a multitude of people, also praying, when an angel appears to Zechariah.

“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord.”

Their prayers mattered. Our prayers matter!  

A baby boy who was promised would be named John, which means “the Lord has shown favor.”  He was the child who would be tasked with preparing the way for our Savior—preparing the world for the One who would fill them with joy and gladness.

What a beautiful picture of the Christmas season! In this time of Advent—waiting for Christ’s arrival—God is preparing the way for us to have joy, gladness and rejoicing. He hears and receives our desperate prayers.  Let us stay faithful to God in prayer and in our actions as we invite others to experience the wonder and miracle of a baby boy that brings joy, gladness and love to the world around us.

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you.” -Psalm 141:2

Are you praying and preparing the way for someone to experience the Savior?


For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to today’s track on the player below. Enjoy!

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65 thoughts on "The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold"

  1. Becky says:

    "He hears and receives our desperate prayers. Let us stay faithful to God in prayer and in our actions as we invite others to experience the wonder and miracle of a baby boy that brings joy, gladness and love to the world around us."
    I really needed to be reminded of this. Sometimes I wonder if people who are watching me, think I either don't know how to pray, don't believe what I pray or I pray amiss. Even worst, I wonder if they don't already know God and his awesomeness, if they think He isn't real.
    “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you.” -Psalm 141:2

  2. Tabitha says:

    I’ve been told by fertility doctors that my husband and I have a 3% chance of getting pregnant naturally, otherwise we have to try IVF. This devo was a great reminder that God hears our prayers and heals! Thank you!

  3. Kasey Tuggle says:

    I love the story of John the Baptist’s birth . Such a good example of God’s faithful and love for his people. He has our best interest and his glory always in mind. He is my joy. He is where the internal peace I have in my heart comes from! No matter what is going on around me, I know I got Jesus and that’s all that really matters!

  4. Reggiemama says:

    I am anxious because my daughter of 32 years has yet to meet her partner in life. She grieves so for the family she can’t have. I keep praying that God will give her patience

  5. Bethany says:

    We know that waiting is the difficult part of prayer but God’s plan is always the perfect way, no matter what!

  6. Thank you for this encouragement today. We too are in a season of waiting for a baby. It is so good to be reminded of the truth that God hears our prayers!

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