This is companion post (2) to Chapter 4, “Calling on the Name of the Lord,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.
“But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”—2 Tim. 2:22
Chapter 4 helps us see that calling on the name of the Lord is not a new invention. Rather, it’s a practice that began from the third generation of the human race in Genesis 4, continued throughout the Old Testament, and was practiced by the New Testament believers (2 Tim. 2:22). When we call upon the name of the Lord:
- We are rescued from distress, trouble, sorrow, and pain (Psa. 118:5, 50:15, 116:3-4).
- We participate in His mercy and are filled with the Spirit (Psa. 86:5; Acts 2:17a, 21).
- We enjoy the riches of the Lord (Rom. 10:12).
These are just a few of the many benefits to us, but without actually calling upon the Lord, we don’t get to experience them.
In order to live physically,
we need to constantly breathe. Similarly, the more we call on the Lord Jesus, the more our calling becomes a kind of spiritual breathing to us, something we can do daily, even hourly, whether we are newly saved or have been a believer for many years.
It’s so easy to call upon the Lord’s name. In any situation and at any time we can simply say, “Lord Jesus, Oh, Lord Jesus.”
We wouldn’t wait to develop the habit of regularly breathing, eating, or drinking, since we know how important it is to our physical life. But what about our spiritual life? Today, right now, we can begin to develop the habit of calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus.
Key quote from the reading
Pages 34–35: “If I call a person’s name, and if he is real, living, and present, that person will come to me. The Lord Jesus is real, living, and present! He is always available. Whenever we call on Him, He comes…Anywhere and anytime you may call. The Lord is near and rich to you.”
Did you try audibly calling on the name of the Lord this week? Tell us about when and where you called on Him—was it in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Were you in your car, at the park, in your room? Did you call loudly or softly? Did you call on Him when you were distressed or anxious, or simply to enjoy His riches?