“To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time men began to call upon the name of the Lord.”(Genesis 4:26)
After the fall of humanity into sin, before churches and pastors and denominations, people called out to God through prayer. It is the most basic and simple foundation of our personal relationship with the Lord. Pastor Jim Cymbala wrote in “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire,” “I have seen God do more in people’s lives during ten minutes of real prayer then in ten of my sermons.” With that in mind, let us look at what the scriptures tell us about prayer, which is simply calling out to God.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.” (Jer. 33:3)
“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” (Deut. 4:7)
“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” (Ps. 4:3)
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Ps. 50:14-15)
“For, everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“And Jesus taught, and said to them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?’” (Mark 11:17)
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” (1Tim. 2:1)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matt. 7:7)
“You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (James 4:2-3)
“You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with your whole heart.” (Jer. 29:13)
From Old Testament prophets and kings to New Testament disciples and Jesus himself, we are told of the importance of calling out to God. We are told to pray for ourselves, for our salvation, for understanding, for our nation, for our leaders, for everything. Call upon the name of the Lord continually and receive the wonderful blessings he has in store for you.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Peace be with you!