Today's Lectionary Text
Isaiah 65:24Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
I grew up in a small vibrant church. Prayer was highly esteemed, especially by the women of the church. Before the worship service started, women would kneel at the altar to offer silent pray for various concerns. One Sunday, the pastor preached an exceptionally strong and riveting sermon. My mother went to the altar and knelt praying for what seemed like an eternity. I began to wonder what she could have been praying about. I was even getting a bit embarrassed. When she finally got off the altar her face looked peaceful and calm. She seemed to walk with an extra spring in her step. She appeared to be wiping away tears. The Pastor was very kind and did not push my mother off the altar and did not rush her and any of the other people who had been praying.
I was a bit ashamed of my mother whaling at the altar, so I asked her what problem she was having so much so that she was crying at the altar. That was a long prayer. I asked her if everything was alright. She sighed, and later laughed. You are still young. When you grow up you will understand the value of talking to God in prayer. I felt so foolish and regretted having asked. My mother was a prayer warrior. I had heard her pray at home or other arenas but never at church like that. Mother had taught my siblings and me about the importance of prayer and would often say, “God hears and answers prayers.” Over the years she has given many examples of how God answered her petitions. She would remind us of how one did not have to pay anything to pray, to talk to God, to offer our petitions, to thank him and just to honor and praise. The heavenly lines are open. Therefore, always pray.
The scripture resonated with my mother's prayer life. God says, “Before they call, I will answer, and while they are speaking, I will hear.” This is soothing and encouraging dear friends to know that God is fully aware of our callings and listens to us when we call on him. We call on God who already knows every situation of our lives. He is a God who answers before we speak. God never loses the spiritual network within the heavenly and earthly realms. His antenna is crystal clear. And needs no Wi-Fi. God’s heavenly line is never engaged.
God is all knowing and has the right answers for each spoken prayer. God captures our thoughts and attitude in prayer. A God who gets answers before we even call. Why then are we not calling? God does it well by assuring us that before we call or dial the heavenly prayer center, he is fully aware of our earthly situations. Powerfully stated and comforting. Remember what God says in Jeremiah: “Call to me and I will answer, and I will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known. Well, he is an amazing God.
Therefore friend, just remember that God hears your prayers and answers before you call and while you are still speaking. He is there for you at any time.
Lessons about God hears prayers:
-Rev. Ever Mudambanuki
Nebraska City First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Father, thank you for your assurance that you listen to my daily calls. I appreciate your heavenly call center which is ever open. Amen.
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