Inspiration

Before They Call I Will Answer

Daily Bread #4

Before They Call I Will Answer
Isaiah 65:24

man_prayingWe ended yesterday’s daily bread with the thought of using prayer as lifeline by which we might be able to help rescue those who are trying to get back to the seashore. And since God has given us this powerful tool of prayer to use incessantly, may we use it so liberally and frequently that whenever we call on God it becomes the rule and not the exception.

We have a wonderful promise from our Father regarding our calling out to Him in prayer. This is what the limitless God is saying to His people, “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear” (Isa 65:1 ESV). This promise made by God through the mouth of His prophet Isaiah is one that believers should take to heart in that the God who speaks these things cannot lie (Titus 1:2). God wants to hear from His people so much that before their minds start forming words and before their lips began speaking them, He will be answering their prayers.

But before anyone doubts God on His promises, God has been faithful in this endeavor long before he made this promise in Isaiah 65. That is to say, if we go back to prior events in the lives of His people, we will see God doing this very thing that He is talking about in Isaiah 64:24.

As we open Genesis 24, we see Abraham making preparation to find a wife for his son Isaac. The old patriarch called on his trusted servant and faithful steward, Eliezer, to prepare himself to go to the land of Mesopotamia, to Abraham’s father’s house, and secure a wife for Isaac. Maybe the journey from Canaan to Mesopotamia was an uneventful one until Eliezer drew near Paddan Aram, probably one of the cities in Mesopotamia (Gen. 25:20). Eliezer wanted to get into the country, find Isaac’s bride, get her approval along with the blessing from the Rebekah’s parent and then heads back home to Canaan. For this to happen in quick succession, he made one of boldest move in all of scripture; he called on his master’s God with these specific words.

O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’– let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. aBy this1 I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master. 15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of aMilcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. (Gen 24:12-15 ESV)

Before Eliezer finished praying, God has already answered the servant request word for word. “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Prayer is no cheap talk, something rushed into hastily, or something presented to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with little thought. A life lived faithfully before God, will move the most powerful being in all of existence when that life calls upon God. I will tell you how good this God is:

  1. For so many of us, God has already answered before we call and we did not take the time to thank Him.
  2. Disappointed? Maybe, but our faithlessness and forgetfulness to thank Him have not change His mind about us. He still wants to hear from His children.

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Nigel McPhersonNigel McPherson is a minister at the Beltway Church of Christ, 3600 Davis Boulevard, Camp Springs, MD 20746.

The Beltway Church of Christ is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in Prince George’s County, MD near Joint Base Andrews.

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