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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  • Vezokuhle

    Amen I have learnt a spiritually mature lesson here. Many times I pray to God and fail to wait upon His response but O help me God to trust in your promises and dwell in your righteousness.

    • Elaine

      That’s my condition, Waiting can be so difficult. We just have to ask Him to help us….

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Fainah

    Amen

  • Patricia Ababio

    In Isaiah. The Lord is my inheritance. He has promised that surely the evil one and his agents will work and plan against his children but his promise is that, every tongue raised against me in judgment shall be condemned and no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper Amen.

    • Victoria

      Amen

  • Naa

    You are right my friend, the hardest thing for me is the patience to wait for God’s right time. Help me Father to be patient. Good morning to all my siblings in Christ.

  • Elaine

    Amen. Let this be my prayer.

  • Elaine

    A new heart also will I give you . Ezekiel 36:26
    What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive it, and thou shalt have it. Mark 11:24
    If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight……I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father……Isaiah 58:13,14
    Behold, I come quickly.Revelation 22:13

  • Ukpebor Ofure

    Till your old age, I will be the same – I will carry you until your hair is white. I have made you, and I will bear you; yes, I will carry you and save you – Isaiah 46: 4

  • Eding Sevilla Dela Cruz

    Yes Lord, help us to submit our will to you and fully trust your wonderful promises. I need to bear this in my my mind Prov. 3: t-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

  • Nashonie

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 KJV)

  • Jaye_Ghee

    Isaiah 49:25
    “But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered:for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee,and I will save thy children”.

    Please join me in praying for my children as I do the same for you.

    • Dorothy

      Amen. Seems the worldly interests have all their attention. Praying….

    • TracySimms

      Praying together.

    • Mutungi Joel

      Amen

  • cheries

    Ephesians 3:20
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think.

  • Marie Alexis

    Please help me to pray for a spiritual life that is pleasing to God, not to lean to my own understanding of His Will. I do not want to be deceived by the ennemy or be part of the falling away as it is written in the book of 2 Thessalonians. Please Pray for my husband and my son, we love God and want to serve him in spirit and truth.

  • Sue Strickland

    3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
    Isaiah 26: 3,4

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:17

    • Dorothy

      I’m claiming this. Having much pain in hip and leg. Don’t know why, but He does. 🙂

      Thank you.
      Dorothy

      • Vlasta Hitzgerová

        For me, it is very encouraging that our affliction we are going through in this world is light, and is but for a moment. That our pain will finish soon.

        • Dorothy

          Thank you, Viasta. 🙂

        • Please pray for my husband that the Lord will fill his heart with the need of our Saviour and will be with me in chuch to worship together as we should. Thank you.

    • Mutungi Joel

      Amen and Amen

  • Heather Krick

    Amen, well said.

  • Jeannie Windels

    “I have seen his ways and will heal him; I will lead him also and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners” Isaiah 57.18

  • Sharon God’s child

    Ah, Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
    Behold, I am the Lord, theGod of ALL flesh.Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

  • Mavhoro Tawona

    Amen and Amen. Deuteronomy 28.1 ” And it shall come to pass, if you hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which l command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. All his promises in the bible are true, the problem is us. At times we use God as an umbrella, we need the Umbrella when it’s hot and raining but when it’s cool no one thinks of an umbrella. We can claim these promises and God granting them to us only if we keep an intimate relationship with him.

  • Josue

    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen and Amen, yes He knows everything and owns everything in this whole world. He gives and takes, blesses. Thank You Father God for always with us in all and answer according to Your Holy Will and Power. Amen

  • Dorothy

    Interesting how I’ve read these passages before and only now do they have meaning for me personally!
    Thank you.

  • Please pray for my husband that the Lord will fill his heart with the need of our Saviour and will be with me in chuch to worship together as we should. Thank you. May the Lord provide for you and fulfill the desires of your heart. He is the only one we rely on. For He is good. And His mercies endure forever!

  • TracySimms

    Amen, thank you so much brother for such an insight. I also go through the same dilemma at times when dealing with my children’s decisions. Help us Lord.

  • Mutungi Joel

    Thanks a lot for the sharing.

  • Victoria

    Joel 2:25,26 ” I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts has eaten, the crawling locusts, the consuming locusts, and the chewing locusts, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.

    Isaiah 43:1b,2.3a
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scotch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Isreal, your Saviour.”

    Glory to God for all His great promises.

  • disqus_wPBVeAlfII

    I know what I need to do but how can a sinner such as I come to Christ knowing that I will probably fail him again?

    Open my eyes, that i may see wondrous things from Your law. Psm 119:18

  • Monda

    I believe and have faith for a new heart too…