Have you ever wondered about the promise from Isaiah 65:24 that says, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear”?
If God knows our prayer before we speak it, why then should we pray? He already knows what we are going to ask for anyway, right?
Watching my three teenage daughters grow up has helped me better understand this concept. Let me explain.
I remember different moments over the years when my daughters have struggled to make certain decisions. As a parent, I knew what should be done. But instead of jumping in and telling them what to do, I have sought to wait for them to learn something as they work through different issues.
As a result, I’ve watched them grow, and I’ve learned that often the process is even more important than the issue at stake.
Could it be that God looks at our prayers in a similar way?
As the Omniscient Creator, He knows everything. I don’t need to keep Him posted on what’s happening or what my needs are. He runs the universe and even knows the very number of hairs on my head. He is intimately acquainted with my thinking, my wishes, and my dreams.
Yet every time I come to Him in prayer, something changes. I realize that I need outside help. I understand that my efforts will come to nothing. I acknowledge that I need Holy Spirit power and wisdom — and this is something only God can bring.
The process of prayer is transformative in my soul — regardless of the outcome. And God’s faithfulness is always assured, even when things don’t turn out as I originally hope. Once I recognize His faithfulness, I can begin to imagine my world, His world, from His perspective. I can begin to look away from my needs to the needs of others. I can become an intercessor because I know His trustworthiness in our lives.
“Before they call, I will answer” is a powerful promise. And most of all, it is an invitation to rejoice in God’s character.
Gerald Klingbeil is an associate editor with the Adventist Review.
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