walk in the word
Category: Prayer, Relying on God, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:1-3
A few weeks ago, I sat alone near the lake at our church camp with my Bible open in my lap. I was in pursuit of the Lord. I was seeking to follow God’s promise, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). Looking for refreshment, I found it in Jeremiah 33:3 when God says, “Call to Me”
“Call to Me”—it’s God’s invitation into His presence.
Now the credibility of an offer like that totally depends on the person extending it. Does he mean it? Is she up for the task? It’s like me stepping up to help tutor your kid in math. Are you any good at it? “Well, no, I flunked practically every math course I ever took, but I will try really hard to help him.” Uh, thanks anyway.
God wanted to remove all doubt about His desire for us to come to Him in prayer. That’s why the verse right before Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Thus says the Lord, who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it. The Lord is His name.” Three times here God identifies Himself as “Lord” (in all capital letters), referring to His personal, covenant name. Why is that significant? Because, by doing so, He’s inviting us to know Him personally. When you introduce yourself to somebody as Reverend MacDonald or Mrs. Smith or Dr. So-and-So, you’re saying, “Address me by my title, please, and keep your distance.” When God steps forward and introduces Himself by His covenant name (as He has almost 7,000 times in the Bible), He welcomes you in close, inviting you to know Him on a first-name basis.
“Call to Me,” He says. I’m here for you when you have a problem. Call My name when you’re afraid. Talk to Me when you’ve been hurt or overlooked. And please call out—don’t whisper or whimper. Hold up your need and cry out to Me with intensity, urgency, and passion.
I can’t explain why this is true, but something powerful happens when you get alone with God and audibly speak your prayer. James 5:16 tells us, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” When God hears the passionate cry of a righteous woman and the urgency of a man filled with faith, He bends down and listens (Psalm 116:1-2).
You’re invited into God’s presence today. He welcomes you with these simple words: “Call to Me.”
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