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"Before They Call…"

July 28, 2004

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

Sometimes when we make a telephone call the other person says, “I was about to call you!” Always surprising. But God says something far more surprising through the prophet Isaiah: “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

Israel would go through great trouble because of rebellion against God. In captivity far away from home, they would cry out in anguish. Now God is making the tremendous promise that He will answer Israel’s prayer even before they call. He was already planning to send His Son as the promised Messiah to save the world from sin.

How often we wonder whether our prayers will be answered. We struggle because of our sins. We feel overwhelmed by circumstances. We cry out in despair. But even before we call, God has already answered by sending His Son, who is with us always, “to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).

Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). We can go to God regularly with all our needs, small or large and we can be certain that He will hear our prayers and answer in His own way and at His own time. How comforting to know about God’s personal, immediate attention!

PRAYER: O Lord God, I thank You for sending Your Son to save me from my sins. I know that through Him all my prayers will be answered in Your way and in Your time. Amen.

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