CALLING ON GOD
by Christine M. Ramey, Contributing Freelance Writer

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Zechariah 13:9b (NIV) says, “…They will call on my name and I will answer them…”

This scripture teaches us this principle:  God – the Creator of all things – wants to talk to YOU.
He says, “…call on my name…”

Closer to home: When you call to God, He “will ANSWER” you.  HE WILL ANSWER YOU!

I have learned over the years that God is capable of providing all of our needs – and our hearts’
desires. In times of hunger, He will provide food.  In times of illness, He will provide healing.  In
times of ‘desire’, the Word says that He wants to give us the desires of our hearts.  There are
many scriptures support that He desires us to have all GOOD things, ABUNDANT life, freedom,
joy, and to ENJOY many blessings. But, there are expectations He has of those who profess to
be His children:

  • First, God desires an on-going communicative relationship with us – not just when we
    want something from Him.  He is a “Jealous” God who desires our on-going
    communication.
  • Second, having established an on-going relationship with Him, we must ASK Him for
    what we need or desire.  He says in James 4:2 (NIV), “You do not have because you
    do not ask God.”
  • Third, we must ask with a forgiven heart, having confessed our sins to Him and asked
    His forgiveness, then ask for what we need or desire with pure motives.  James 4
    continues in verse 3, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
    motives
    .”  Before we ask God for something, we need to search our hearts to see if our
    “motives” for asking align with the principles of His Word.  (Which means we need to
    KNOW His Word – another aspect of having a “relationship” with Him.)
  • Fourth, we must realize that God, as our “Father,” knows the beginning from the end, He
    knows what is best for us as His children, and will answer our prayers according to
    what is best for us – just as good parents will take into consideration what is best for
    their child instead of simply giving anything and everything the child asks for. In the same
    regard, as good parents.
  • Fifth, we are more likely to grant our children’s requests when they are obeying us.  It’s
    the same with our heavenly “Abba” (Daddy).  He wants to gives us the desires of our
    hearts but expects us to be obedient to His Word.

If we do not take the steps God has given us for our best, then no, He will not answer our
prayers as we hope He will.

I John 3:20-22 (NIV) says, “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence
before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do
what pleases him
.”

Only you can decide how deep and fulfilling you want your personal relationship to go with God. 
Both 2 Samuel 22:26 (NIV) and Psalm 18:25 (NIV) says about God, “To the faithful You show
Yourself faithful…”

Used by Permission, Copyright 2010 Christine M. Ramey, All Rights Reserved

About Christine M. Ramey:

  • Freelance Writer;  online publications include: www.ChristianDevotions.us,
    Faithwriters.com, firstcoastchristianwriters.org
  • Served at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida: singing with the choir and
    playing with the orchestra while attending their mission trips, and served in the
    5-year old church training class
  • Served at Normandy Park Baptist Church with the choir; taught a Sunday school
    class and helped in the nursery
  • Student at Florida State College of Jacksonville working on her A.A. degree and
     hoping to earn her B.A. in the Arts of English
  • Christine is passionate about the care of animals, has a dog and a cat, blessed
    with the enjoyment of sharing her life with them
  • She enjoys taking photographs, scrapbooking, crocheting, and soap making

 

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