Call on the NameBro. Tony Chancellor
7/11/2010 6:00 PM
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." If you haven’t yet called on the name of the Lord, do it now.
Call – to desire or long for; to implore; to beg fore; to beseech with great intensity of feeling.
Everyone who is saved knows what that means. When you came to that point, everything else was put aside. Have you stopped calling? When was the last time you called on God? How’s your prayer life? Does your prayer matter to you? Are you getting down to business with God?
"… That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." There’s more to it than going down a list. Get your heart into it. That’s what it means to call on the name of the Lord. Are you complacent? Are you lukewarm in your prayers?
While this walk is a walk of faith, not one of emotion, emotions will get involved when you really care. Don’t get complacent in your prayer life.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Jesus is our example, in every part of our lives. Look at how he calls on his Father. There’s emotion there. He prayed in agony and earnestly. This is how we should be praying.
Everyone is different. There’s no formula. Some struggle more than others to seek salvation. Do you understand what it’s like to pray like this? Have you ever wrestled in prayer? Have you prayed earnestly? You weren’t lukewarm when you sought salvation. Do you still have that earnest prayer life? Do you get down to business with God? You have to talk to God yourself. It has to be your prayer. How do you pray now? When you agree in prayer, is it a mental ascent to the prayer, or do you wholeheartedly agree with the prayer being prayed? It should be more than a duty. It should come from the heart.
Every part of our life should be before God and it should come out in our prayers.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
"I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live." God heard, he listened, he inclined his ear, therefore I will call on him every day. When you’re beseeching, will you stop before you get it?
"Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul." This is where we were when we came to God for salvation. Because God is gracious, righteous, and merciful, he helped me.
"For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling." We need the Lord to help us walk this walk. We can’t get to heaven on our own. God can keep our feet from falling. We must beseech him daily for help to walk with him. "I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living." We can do this now.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen
"…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." This promise applies to us today. The world hasn’t ended, so that promise is mine. "…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Who else is there to call on? When you consider your frailty, why try to go it alone? Don’t try to go it alone. Take the problem to God. You will never be strong enough to not need God. You will always need him. Jesus always relied on God while he was here. Do you think you’re better than he was? You will always need God.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here; while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Look at how Jesus called on God. This is beseeching. He kept seeking God about it. Keep seeking until you get an answer. Keep going until you know for sure. Put all else aside and seek God until an answer comes. The devil will use your weakness against you. Find a time when you can beseech God. Get concerned for your brother’s sake. Understand and grasp the power available to us in prayer.
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
If Peter and John didn’t believe in the power of prayer, this man wouldn’t have been healed. There is wonderful power in prayer, more than we realize. We stop it short because of our unbelief. Have faith in God. How is your faith? Seek God to have your faith increased. Do you believe God will answer your prayer?
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction and casteth my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
"And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." He is talking to his people. If we call on him, he will deliver us; then we can glorify him.
"But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?" If you are casting God’s words away and doing evil things, you have no confidence to approach God with. There is no hopefulness there. "Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver." There will come a day when God calls you to judgment. If you don’t know God, call on him to save you … then you can call on him for help with other things.