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November 13, 1995

Calling Out

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O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. PSALM 141:1
When is the last time you called on the Lord? What was the situation? Did He respond? How? When?
The fact that the Lord knows about us individually is remarkable. That He can hear our voices and respond to our needs is supernatural.
But then again, maybe it isn’t. Most of us lead our lives in such a way that we rarely need to call out to the Lord for anything. Our need for Him is relegated to the disaster areas of life—death, disease, or despair.
But what about the proactive side of calling out to Him? Are we pushing ahead toward a vision that He has birthed in us? Are we living by faith? Are we on the edge of whatever He is calling us to? Are we desperate for His intervention in our lives? What about the simple need and desire for relationship and intimacy with Him? Are we calling out for that?
Usually the idea of calling is reserved for our vocational lives. This is the inward calling. It involves discovering what He has planted within us and then nurturing it so that it grows and flourishes.
But if we are to fully realize the inward call, there must be an outward call. This outward call is the life of prayer and devotion. It is a life that realizes that its daily bread must come from Him if we are to survive. We must abide in the vine through prayer, God’s Word, meditation, devotion, and service.
The outward call also is an attitude and an approach to life. It is a life that sees its sad state and clings desperately to the hope of our salvation—Jesus. We are nothing without Him, but we are completed with Him. We are now saints and conquerors, seated in the heavenly realms with Christ.
Are you in a time of need? Call out to the Lord. He will hear, answer, and come.

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