Calling on the Name of the Lord
What is calling on the name of the Lord? It is not just a kind of prayer.
The word for “call” in Hebrew means to call out to, to cry unto, to cry out; in Greek to invoke a person, to call a person by name audibly. Prayer can be silent, but calling must be audible.
In the Old Testament we see that calling on the Lord is even a kind of spiritual breathing (Lam. 3:55-56) and a way to draw water with rejoicing (Isa. 12:2-6).
How does God become our salvation and our song? How do we draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation? The best way is to call on His name and praise the Lord!
Even the New Testament stresses the matter of calling on the name of the Lord as the way we are saved from so many things.
- “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:12-13).
Today the Lord wants to recover calling on His name and to have us practice it so that we may enjoy the riches of His life.