Before They Call – By Gerald Klingbeil

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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Practical Application: 

“Before you call, I will answer” is a promise for us today. And God has already answered in a thousand ways, if we just look within His Word. His Word is life! His Word is Hope! His Word has the answers, even before we need them!

Consider the following of many answers God has waiting for you:

Fearful? God has an answer: “Be not afraid, I am with you.” (Josh. 1:9)

Corrupt heart? God has an answer: “A new heart will I give you.” (Ezek. 36:26)

Need forgiveness? God has an answer: “If you confess your sins, I will forgive you and cleanse you.” (1 John 1:9)

Need acceptance? God has an answer: “Whoever comes to me, I will not cast out.” (John 6:37)

Feeling alone? God has an answer: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)

Don’t know what to say? God has an answer: “I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say.” (Ex. 4:12)

Hungry or thirsty? God has an answer: “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” (Ps. 81:10)

Don’t have what you need? God has an answer: “I will supply your need.” (Phil. 4:19)

Facing troubles? God has an answer: “Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver.” (Ps. 50:15)

Don’t know how to handle temptation? God has an answer: “I will make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)

Needing answer to prayer? God has an answer: “If you abide in me and I in you, I will do what you request.” (1 John 5:14)

Needing peace? God has an answer: “My peace I give unto you.” John 14:27

Up against something impossible? God has an answer: “The things that are impossible with man are possible with me.” (Mark 10:27)

Need the Holy Spirit? God has an answer: “I’m more willing to give you the Holy Spirit than you are to give good gives to your children.” (Luke 11:13)

Needing spiritual revival? God has an answer: “If you seek me with all your heart you will find me,” (Jer. 29:13).

Don’t know what to ask for? God has an answer: “Call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for thinking that our problems or situations are something new that You could not possibly understand or have an answer for. Help us to cling to Your Word and recognize that You truly do have all that we need and all that pertains to life and godliness. Your Word is faithful! Although we cannot always see You working in our lives, we trust that You are, and we praise You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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