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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Call Out To God

Growing up I had recurring nightmares, almost always, about being kidnapped. When I was older I had nightmares that my little brother and two younger cousins being kidnapped. When I woke up, I would call for Mom and sometimes I was so scared that no noise would come out. When I did call out, Mom always came. I was all better just knowing she was there beside me. Immediately I would feel a sense of peace and would fall right back to sleep. Last night I had a nightmare and when I woke up I could not go back to sleep and I stayed scared in the dark! When I finally fell back to sleep I started the nightmare right where I left off! The next time I woke up, I called out to Jesus!

Crying out or calling out to Jesus is speaking audibly with great emotion when you have an urgent need. God wants us to use this form of prayer when we need His mercy. Romans 10: 13, "For 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'” That in itself is a prayer. I have to remind myself to trust God with all my heart. Proverbs 3: 5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart..." I do believe He watches over me all the time. When I go to Him, He gives me peace!

We can call out to God to help us in any area of our life. He can help with weariness, a relationship, a financial situation, health issues, employment issues, or anything else. It doesn't matter what you need but YOU have to ask! In Psalm 91: 15 God said, "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him."

If God said that then it is still true! He told us again in Psalm 50: 15, ""Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” We have to do our part, which is call out to Him and trust Him to do His part!

Jonah 1: 6, "So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." The captain probably worshiped the god of the sea and he seemed to have more faith than Jonah. When we call on God it brings us back into a direct relationship with God. It reminds us of our dependence on Him. No matter what kind of storm we are in we know that we all desperately need His grace and favor.

We see Peter needing rescue and calling out to Jesus. Matthew 14: 29-30, "So He said, 'Come.' And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' To cry out to Jesus takes both faith and humility as we share our hearts concerns out loud. It shows we trust God to be able and willing to help us. By speaking aloud, it also reminds us that God is able and willing

Psalm 3:4, David wrote, " was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain." When we call out for help, in Jesus' name, we are inviting His power into our situation. There is strength in just speaking His name!


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