Originally published Wednesday, 18 January 2017.
Imagine if every time you hit a hard time, you had a friend a step ahead of you. Your car broke down? They were already waiting on-location with the jack. Your mom was in the hospital? Upon your arrival, they stood at the hospital room door with soup. Your landlord just kicked you out of your house? They beat his call by 5 minutes to invite you to stay with them.
You may think one of three things:
- This person is the rock-star of all friends.
- You can't live without them.
- Only God could do this sort of thing.
On all three counts, you'd be right.
Sadly, there is no person like this. But there's a God just this way:
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Is. 65:24
God isn't just in step with our needs, he's one step ahead.
We call, he's already answering.
We speak, he's already working.
What we can't voice, he's addressing.
What we've been afraid to ask for, he's hearing.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Ro. 8:26
God doesn't just hear our prayers, he preemptively steps in front of them. Like a good basketball player, he anticipates where we're headed and beats us there. The only difference is, rather than blocking us, he gets there to lift us up. He gets there to help us score our goal. God improves our shot.
Have you been negating the love of God, the power of prayer or the worth of praise?
Often, we don't say thank you for what we can't see. We don't say thank you for the disastrous saves never knew. We don't say thank you for the trials God averted. We don't say thank you for the small blessings we thought were our work.
Maybe today is the day we do.
Thank you, God, for all you do. You do more than meets the eye. You are working for us, helping us, and freeing us. Thank you that you are leaning into our problems and calling out on behalf of our weakness. Thank you that your all-consuming power is behind us and pushing for our best outcome. Amen.
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