Have You Called Upon Him?

I had an awesome experience recently in prayer. The Lord “pulled me away” from my website work for just a moment, to be able to pray. The urging was very strong! So I went to be with my wife. We prayed together. I knelt by the side of the bed, and we began to pray.

The Lord showed me this person, in prayer. Now this person denies that sin is the problem. This person says that there is no problem. No, there really is no problem. There is no problem at all. Jesus is not the way, a person does not really need him, it doesn’t matter if you trust him or not, he’s not really coming back, and all that stuff.

The Lord showed me this person coming to the end of their “spiritual rope”, as it were. In other words, this person had tried very hard to live their life, just the way they thought they should. But despite their best efforts, in the end, God used an “impossible situation” in this person’s life to “speak to them”.

It took most of this person’s life to “wake up” to the reality that they were living a lie, and that they needed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. How much like us, in so many ways. We try hard to do things “our own way” and “in our own strength”. We try for years and years and years, until, finally, we “give up” and “give God a try”. Often, we have wasted so many years of our lives before finally calling on God.

This is the story of the nation of Israel, in fact. In the Bible, it says that in the last days that Jerusalem will be surrounded — armies will come against her. Then, they will call upon God and he will answer. But it will take this “impossible situation” before most of them “wake up” to the reality that they need Jesus Christ. He will answer, but not until they humble themselves by recognizing that they have a deep need that no one else can solve!

How about you? Where are you at today in your spiritual life? Have you yet called upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Do you yet recognize that you need him? Are you facing an “impossible situation” that is simply “too much” for you to handle? There is a Savior. He is real. He loves you. He died for you. He died that you might have life, simply by believing in his name.

He went to the cross because of your sin, and my sin. He did it because God is just and will not leave sin unpunished. Jesus was the sacrifical “lamb of God” that takes away the sin of the world, as John the Baptist said. Jesus met God’s righteous requirements for sin, when he died on the cross. He did it for you, and for me. He paid the price so that we might go free.

God is faithful and righteous and will forgive us our sins, if we but confess our need of him. He wants us to call upon him with a sincere heart. He is willing to hear us at any time, at any moment, if we but call upon him in sincerity and truth. That’s all he requires! Sometimes, we have to come to the very “end of our rope” before we will do that.

Today, you may be facing an “impossible situation” in your life. There is someone who can help. There is someone who will come very near, if you but call out to him!

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” (Psalms 18:3)

“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)

“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.” (Romans 10:12-13)