"To Invoke The Name Of God"
May 27, 2011
(The LORD said) ... "Call to Me and I will answer you ..." Jeremiah. 33:3a
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Some friends and I went fishing at a river.
When we gathered to begin our trip, one of those friends requested that somebody invoke the Name of God and ask Him for His protection for our trip.
With the respectful silence of everyone, that was done.
To invoke the Holy Name of God is to pray, praise and thank Him in all situations. As Christians, this is what we are called to do.
Unfortunately, there is a problem here. Some people are of the opinion they don't have time to consult with the Lord, while others find no value in praying to God.
When our Savior walked this earth, He didn't hold to either of those positions. Although He was incredibly busy fulfilling the Heavenly Father's directive to save us, Scripture records Jesus spent considerable time in prayer.
Maybe the Savior knew if a person is too busy to pray -- he is too busy. It's also quite possible He wanted us to realize that if the all-knowing, all-powerful Son of God took time to pray, sinful human beings ought to do the same.
That doesn't mean we have to be tied to schedules and timetables, nor do we have to use 25-cent words when we come to the Lord. The truth is we can pray anywhere and anytime. As for topics, just the living of the day will present many, new and very specific needs which will provide the springboard to raise our voices to God and invoke Him in our prayers.
Please, do not forget to praise God for what He is and always thank Him for the gifts we receive through His grace. Let us pray today and always, saying,
THE PRAYER: Lord, for the love of Jesus, stay by our side with Your blessings. God, our Lord and Father, thank You for Your love and for Your gifts. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text submitted from Pastor Egon M. Seibert serving with Lutheran Hour Ministries in Paraguay. Established in Asuncion in 2000, LHM-Paraguay operates as Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones and is active in door-to-door ministry, radio programming, Project JOEL, Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), and Equipping the Saints (ETS) training.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries