24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
-This is a very powerful verse of scripture that at once captures both the Lord’s omnipotent power and His boundless compassion. While it’s comforting to recognize that our Creator actually possesses the ability to answer before we call, notice the beginning of this verse; “And it shall come to pass…” The fact that this is still a future day implies that the Lord doesn’t hear and answer like this in the present; why would that be? In the context of Isaiah 65, the Lord is describing a future time when the hearts of the people have turned to God and all the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord. The Lord can hear and answer every prayer because every heart will be perfectly in tune with Him. Unfortunately that is not the case in the present tense. Our hearts are divided which leaves us chasing after a multitude of things in addition to the Lord. James 1:6-7 tells us to “ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” What’s worse, our divided hearts can, and often does, lead to us chasing after other things without seeking the Lord at all. Psalm 66:18 teaches that “if [we] regard iniquity in [our] heart, the Lord will not hear [us].”