Introduction - God Still Calls - (May 2)

God Still Calls!

By Don MacLafferty

God is always calling His people to Himself. The Bible is filled with stories of those who have responded to the call and of those who have rejected the call.

God called and Adam and Eve hid themselves. (Genesis 3:9,10)

God called and Noah built an ark for a flood the world said would never come. (Genesis 6:14-22)

God called and Abram and Sarai left their family, home, and country. (Genesis 12:1-4)

God called and Jacob wrestled and cried out, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.” (Genesis 32:26)

God called and Moses first gave excuses, and then told Pharaoh “Let My people go.” (Exodus 8:20-32)

God called and Joshua fell on his face, and then marched around Jericho thirteen times. (Joshua 5:14-6:15)

God called and Gideon destroyed Baal’s altar, blew the trumpet, and routed the Midianites. (Judges 6:27-7:22)

God called and Samuel ran to Eli three times before answering, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

God called and Elijah confronted Israel on Mount Carmel, rebuilt God’s altar, and prayed for fire. (1 Kings 18:21-38)

God called and Jonah ran away, was swallowed by a fish, and then called Nineveh to judgment. (Jonah 1-4)

God called and Isaiah whispered in awe, “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

God called and Philip ran up to the Ethiopian’s chariot and made a disciple for Christ. (Acts 8:29,30)

God called and Saul of Tarsus asked, “Who are You, Lord?”, fasted three days, then proclaimed the One he had hated as “the Son of God.” (Acts 9:5-9, 20)

God called and Ananias laid his hands on the man who had come to persecute him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus…has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:10-17)

God called and Peter risked both ministry and reputation to preach Jesus to the gospel thirsty Cornelius. (Acts 10:9-48)

God called and John fell at Jesus’ feet like a dead man. (Revelation 1:17)

In Jesus’ last love letter, He calls out to His last day people from the outside - looking in to where He longs to be in our hearts: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20)

This is His call to all—children, teens, and adults now. If we are waiting for another call, it will soon be too late. He calls you and me with all the love of our Father God, His love as Savior and Lord, and the love of the Holy Spirit.

This is His call for personal revival and personal witnessing. Down through the ages He has always called His people. Now there is an increasing intensity in His voice, for He says, “I am coming quickly…” (Revelation 22:7) He has been preparing a place in Heaven so we can be where He is. (John 14:3)

Time is running out. This is no time to respond to His call by hiding like Adam and Eve. This is no time to be confused with His voice like Samuel “who did not yet know the Lord” (I Samuel 3:7). This is no time to run the wrong way like Jonah.

Now is the time to fall on our face like the apostle John before Jesus Christ, to return to Him, and to come back to the altar and worship Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God still calls, and today He’s calling you!

Don MacLafferty is founder/president of In Discipleship. God has moved on Don and his wife April’s heart to call young and old to a daily revival with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. They mobilize churches and schools to partner in equipping parents to disciple their children and prepare them for mission.

Heart Challenge

There is a reason you read the words above. God is orchestrating events in your life to have specific opportunities to hear His call. His call has come to you today. It is a call to step into a deep living experience of personal revival with Him. It is a call to follow Jesus wherever He leads. Are you ready to answer that call?

Are you ready to follow His call today to an even deeper, vibrant, living, experience with Him and His Word?

10 Prayer Requests – As You Prepare Your Heart for 40 Days of Prayer

  • Pray that God would prepare your heart for what He is about to do.
  • Pray that you will recognize God’s personal and loving call in your life.
  • Pray that God’s Word would become more living and real.
  • Pray you would hear His voice speaking personally to your heart each day.
  • Pray that prayer would truly become the essential breath of your soul.
  • Pray over Psalms 139:23-24.
  • Pray that God would give you courage and strength to remove any distractions in your life that might keep you from hearing His voice during these 40 Days of Prayer.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would give you a deeper, living, vibrant walk with Jesus.
  • Pray about who you can invite to join you in prayer during this 40 Days of Prayer.
  • Pray about what 7 names to pick for 40 Days of Prayer.

Resources to Go Deeper

Clearing the Way for the Holy Spirit – PDF Resource

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