Rapid Response

In recent years, hospitals have developed a new strategy to be employed with certain at-risk patients. Called Rapid Response Teams, they represent an intuitively simple concept: When a patient demonstrates signs of imminent clinical deterioration, a team of providers is summoned to the bedside to immediately assess and treat the patient with the goal of preventing intensive care unit transfer, cardiac arrest, or death.

In the spiritual ream, the Lord has a Rapid Response provision. Scripture records God’s word on His care of His people; “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).  The needs of faithful followers will be anticipated, God will see their needs, and He will give to them the blessings which they need.

God does not need to wait for the blessing to be sought. “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4, ESV). How many such blessings do His people receive at the hand of God! How ready is he to anticipate our needs! How watchful is He for our necessities! How rich His benevolence in providing for us! Even the most faithful and prayerful of his people receive numerous blessings and comforts at His hand for which they have not directly asked Him.

God is always more ready to hear than we are to pray. Man’s limited intelligence makes him slow to comprehend what is needed and slow to feel the urgency of the need. God anticipates and determines in what way He will bless us, and it’s always the best way. God will meet our needs with a rapid response.

In the prayer for the supply of our daily food, ‘Give us this day our daily bread,’ God has anticipated and has prepared the means of answering it long before we ask. He does so with abundant harvests. Had He waited until the prayer was offered, it could not have been answered without a miracle. Ever watchful, He anticipates our necessities, and in His providence and grace lays the foundation for granting the favor long before we ask him.

God’s Rapid Response: “Before they call, I will answer” (Isaiah 65:24).

~ Brother Roy

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