Before We Even Call
"I will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking to Me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!" (Isaiah 65:24).
Allenby's Bridge, which spans the Jordan River, was built to honor the man whom God used to lead the miraculous conquest of Jerusalem with the firing of a single gun.
Allenby recalled how, as a little boy when he use to lisp his evening prayers, he was taught to repeat after his mother the closing part of the prayer:
"And, O Lord, we will not forget They ancient people, Israel. Lord, hasten the day when Israel truly shall be thy people and shall be restored to They favor and to their land."
"I never knew then," Allenby said at a reception in London, "that God would give me the privilege of helping to answer my own childhood prayers."
Even more wonderful than that kind of divine providence is the truth expressed in Isaiah 65:24 (KJV): "Before they call I will answer." I have seen this promise fulfilled many times in the global program of Campus Crusade for Christ. Even during the time we have prayed for desperate needs - financial and otherwise - God was already laying it upon the hearts of His faithful people to respond.
What a great comfort to know that we serve that kind of God!
Bible Reading: Isaiah 65:18-25
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Even as I pray for the needs of others and myself today, I will remember the power and faithfulness of God who has already begun to answer even before I ask.