Summary: When we are talking to The One and Only True God we need to be aware of what we are doing, there is nothing or no one above Him, what a great honor and privilege is ours to pray to Him.
"CALLING UPON THE LORD" PSALM 145:14-18
Have you ever thought about what is actually taking place when you call on the Lord? And let me say that if our prayers are not in The Lord Jesus name, then they’ll not get any farther than the ceiling. Col. 3: 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
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Ps.145: 14-18 14The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.15The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Listen to verse again Ps. 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” This is the key in having the LORD hear our prayer.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Do we do this? God wants us to fellowship with Him. He wants us to share everything in our lives with Him. He wants us to talk to Him just as we do to our spose. Prayer is a must in order to be an effective Christian in this evil world. We cannot live this life in our on strength. God wants us to rely on Him and the power that He provides through the Holy Spirit.
He is the Lord God, the Holy One.
3: For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
14: Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15: I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
* This should both humble us and give us great confidence, to think that the Holy God of Israel, the Creator, Savior and King, loves us so much that He provided a way for us to become His children, and as His children, we can call Him Father.
He gave His Son to die in our place and pay the price for our sins, so we wouldn’t have to die the second death which is eternal hell.
To call upon the Lord is to address or approach God with a specific request. It is a reverential act of summoning the aid of the Lord God Almighty. God wants us to call upon His name.
Just what is it that the Lord wants us to call upon him for?
~ We call upon the Lord for our material needs. ~
But brother brown God already knows what we need, why should we have to ask Him?
Matthew 6:8 …for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
He wants us to ask Him, so He can have the pleasure of providing for us, His children.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
God Almighty is our Heavenly Father and He delights in blessing His children, the devils children can’t call on Him for their needs until they first confess that their a lost sinner and asks God to forgive their sin and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior, then their also Gods children and can call Him Father.
When John F. Kennedy was president of the United States, he had a young son named John Kennedy Jr. better known as "John John".
"John John’s" relationship to JFK was different from all the great world leaders of that time. Many times John John would come into the Oval Office unannounced calling out to "Daddy", and yet presidents, premiers and even kings were only allowed in by special appointment.
Then, of course, they were expected to address JFK respectfully as "Mr. President". The president’s children had privileges that no others ever had.
Likewise, we are privileged to come to God’s throne anytime, day or night and call Him Father.
God wants us to continually come to Him and be specific about all our needs.
James 4:2 ---ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Matthew 7:7 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?