Luke 1:11-13 NKJV Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. (12) And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. (13) But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
Zacharias has gone into the temple of the Lord to perform his priestly duties and suddenly an angel appears right next to the altar he was preparing. Certainly this would be a startling situation and many would become afraid having never seen an angel before, afraid of what he was going to say, or afraid of any number of other things one might begin to think when and angel from the Lord just shows up in front of you in the middle of your work day. But I want to focus on what happens next. The angel tells Zacharias, “Fear Not… for your prayer is heard… (KJV)”
What a powerful reason to not be afraid and another wonderful reason to pray. The angel told him not to fear, because God had heard his prayer. WOW!
God always hears you when you pray. The 65th Psalm verse 2 addresses God as, “O You who hear prayer…” the word for hear used here means attentive listening and understanding. The Lord is always attentively listening to our prayers and even when our prayers make little sense to us… He understands them.
Our loving and incredibly gracious Father is attentively listening to our prayer. He always hears you when you pray. Therefore we never have to fear.