It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear (Isaiah 65:24).
This is one of the most exciting verses about praise in the Old Testament. It reminds us that prayer begins with God, seeps into our heart, and gives us the courage to ask for what God is more ready to give than we are to ask. God has more prepared for us than we are prepared to ask.
We need to spend as much time seeking what God wants us to ask for as we do asking. Then our asking will be in keeping with His will. The desire to pray is God’s gift.
Memorize this verse. Praying is not to get God’s attention but focusing our attention on Him and what He has to say to us. Don’t make prayer a one-way telephone conversation in which we hang up before we listen to what He has to say!
Prayer is seeking God with all our hearts. God can use our imaginations to give us a picture of His future for us, but with one qualification: that we seek Him with all our hearts. Many of us aim at nothing and hit it because we have not taken God at His Word. We all become what we envision. Prayer is the time to let God paint the mind picture of what we are to be and do.
O blessed life!—the heart at rest,When all without tumultuous seems,That trusts a higher will, and dreamsThat higher will, not mine, the best.
O life, how blessed, how divine!High life, the earnest of a higher!Savior, fulfill my deep desire,And let this blessed life be mine.