And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
The answer to Zacharias’ prayer did not come from Gabriel, it came via Gabriel. Gabriel did not answer his prayer. Gabriel was the messenger to deliver the answer.
The answer to his prayer, and to our prayers, come from God. His servants that inspire fear, are just that, servants. A meeting with the Secretary of Education is impressive, but not as impressive as the President of the United States. An angel is cool, but nothing compared to the One in Whose presence he stands.
God, thank You that we have direct access to You! Thank You that You do not call us servants any more, but friends! You have invited us to draw near to You! Help us to draw near.