Before we Even Speak

Luke 7: 11-15 Soon afterwards he (Jesus) went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother, (NRSV)

Isaiah 65:24 The Lord says, "Before they call I will answer." (NIV)

Neliswa Chigudu, from Johannesburg, South Africa, tells of the day, while driving to work, she was troubled about a task that God had laid out for her. She was late for work, caught in traffic, so she decided to listen to the radio. During the program someone gave a testimony that provided strength and clarity for her own struggle. She knew then that she had experienced God's promise: even before we pray the Lord will answer.

This reminded Neliswa of the story of the funeral of a widow's son in a town called Nain, as told by Luke. As the procession was leaving the town gates, it happened upon Jesus. Before the widow even opened her mouth, Jesus raised her son from death. Jesus saw her heart - and in love and great empathy gave the son back to his mother alive!

God is truly our ever-present help in times of need. When we are living with sorrow or confusion, we can remember that God sees our hearts and will answer us - often before we even speak.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us in the midst of pain and confusion not to forget Your presence. May we at all times be sensitive to Your voice as we pray. If you don't know what to pray, you can always say: "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen" (Matt. 6: 9-13, KJV). Amen.

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