Read Luke 1:68-79
68“Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He has come to the help of his people and has set them free.
69He has provided for us a mighty Saviour,
a descendant of his servant David.
70He promised through his holy prophets long ago
71that he would save us from our enemies,
from the power of all those who hate us.
72He said he would show mercy to our ancestors
and remember his sacred covenant.
73–74With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham
he promised to rescue us from our enemies
and allow us to serve him without fear,
75so that we might be holy and righteous before him
all the days of our life.
76“You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.
You will go ahead of the Lord
to prepare his road for him,
77to tell his people that they will be saved
by having their sins forgiven.
78Our God is merciful and tender.
He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us
79and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death,
to guide our steps into the path of peace.”
This reading is Zechariah's prayer after his son John is born and named (remember Zechariah did not speak until John was born). John recognizes God's promise fulfilled:
"He would save us from our enemies, from the power of all those who hate us..." (Verse 71)
"...allow us to serve him without fear." (Verse 74)
Lord, set me free from my enemies; from the power of those who hate me, allow me to serve you without fear.
Sometimes our enemies are within ourselves; our doubts our fears, our insecurities.