“But the angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John’” (Luke 1:13).

How easy it is to slip into a repetition of praying for the same thing, over and over, with no real sense of expectancy. The prayer of the aged Zacharias has finally been answered with the pronouncement of a forthcoming child. Instead of joy and gladness, the news is met with doubt and consternation. Hope prays with expectation. Faith prays with imagination. Belief prays with the trust that God is working to accomplish his purposes.

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