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"The Answer is en Route"

November 16, 2003

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"Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear." Isaiah 65:24

A widow, her young son, and her invalid daughter moved to a poor part of London. They had formerly lived in comfort, but because of the death of her husband, they had to move.

The day came when their resources were exhausted and their meager income would no longer stretch. That evening, while mother and son knelt beside the bed of the invalid daughter, they committed their need to God. The next morning the mailman delivered a letter. In the envelope was the equivalent of a week's wages. It had come from New Zealand. The benefactor had heard of the husband's death and had been moved to help the woman and her children. The letter went first to the village where they had lived, then finally reached London. Five months after leaving New Zealand, it arrived in London the morning after the family prayer.

Although God is fully aware of our need, He still delights to hear our voice. His answer often predates our call, and help is on the way before our prayer ascends. God supplies all our needs, including forgiveness in Christ, our Savior.

PRAYER: Dear Savior, help us never act as though prayer were unnecessary, but remind us that it is effective because You have promised to hear us. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Ezekiel 3-4    1 Timothy 3

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