Calling upon God

praying-296517_640Hosea 7:7: All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me.

God made man to connect with him. The battle of the devil is always to break that connection. It was man’s connection with God that he was after when moved Adam and Eve to disobey God (Genesis 3).

He does not care if they gorge themselves on the fruits of the tree in the garden, he doesn’t care a bit about their eating habit, but their connection with God. He lost his own connection with God, and after he was chased from heaven to not be able to continue to cast his influence on more angels than he already did (Revelation 12:4), he saw man as a target on earth. He watched them (Adam and Eve) and decided that the woman was the weak link (1Timothy 2:14), and set about working on that link to break man’s connection with God. He did that and set them on a journey of rebellion that he is still reeling from even at this time.

Adam and Eve were connected to God and with they had access to all the resources of God, but with the disconnect man had to scrape out a living through the sweat of his face. It was a grueling existence, life apart from God. No one can say more about what man lost by disobedience better than Adam and Eve themselves. They can described the place from which we fall, because they were there.

However, Jesus has come to take us to the very height of heaven even far above the place from which Adam and Eve fell, far above principalities and power and every name that is named, in Him (Ephesians 1:15-23, 2:5-6), to the very presence of God.
And only Jesus can lead us to that place. The bible says that no one has seen the father except the only begotten son (Jesus) who is in the bosom of the father, who has declared him (John 1:17-18). Jesus said that he was going to the father to prepare a place for us so that where he is we would be also (John 14:1-3), in eternal undiminished full-fledged connection with him, as the bride with the bridegroom.

In the disobedience and disconnection of one man (Adam) we were all disconnected from God and in the obedience and connection of one man (Jesus) with God (Romans 5:12-21), we get to get connected back to God, connected to his life and away from the death principle that was our portion in the first Adam.

The bible says that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). Jesus died for our sins, so that we can have free access to God, made righteous. When we believe, we could take the advantage of the opportunity that was available to us now to draw near to the throne of grace to find grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Needs come in different ways and that is why we call upon God. Therefore our greatest need is the Lord. David says like a thirsty hart pants for the water brooks so he pants for God for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). He asked: when next would I appear before God? He could not stand a moment apart from him. He feels a longing within him for God, an innate need to draw near him.

The Lord says when we seek him we will find when we seek him with the whole of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). In another place we read: those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). How much we can be filled of God is determined by our spiritual capacity.

When we continue call upon him in a vibrant prayer life, our capacity for God increases. As we come to him with our vessels, he fills us, he pushes out legalism and self-effort from within us and fills us with his grace. And as Peter said, we grow in grace (2Peter 3:18).

The reason our capacity increases when we seek God, our capacity to know him, is because the junks in us gets cleared away, as his fire burns up this junk, we are filled more and more with his light. Jesus told certain people who wanted to follow him, if you continue in my word, you will know the truth and the truth will make you free (John 8:31-34). That is a process that following Jesus, continuing in him, in his word, produces. As truth comes come in, the errors go out from within us and our capacity for the things of God expands.

To the apostles he said that if they abide in him, then they will bear much fruit (John 15:1-8). And as they submit to the pruning cuts of the father their capacity to bear fruit will be increased.

God said: call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things which you never knew (Jeremiah 33:3). Your capacity to know therefore gets expanded as you draw near to God, calling upon him. You shift to a higher gear in revelation, in power, in glory.

Jesus went to a mount to pray and while he was praying he glowed with the glory of God (Luke 9:28-36). He chose that time of prayer to glow as the three apostles Peter, John and James, were with him and Elijah and Moses appear to him to give them an hint of what happens to them when they pray.

There was the mountain which is a symbol of spiritual elevation, there was Elijah and Moses, who stand for spiritual seeing (prophet) and understanding (law) respectively. There is the whitening of the cloth of Jesus which is the inner life coming out in display as the glowing light of heaven, light of God. Those become the portion of all who call upon God.

So in calling upon God, we get into a spiritual position on the mount, where we get to touch God. And there is Elisha who stands for fire, the fire of passion for God. He said to God: I have been jealous (zealous) for you (1Kings 19:14).

So in the place of calling on God we would be like Jesus of whom it was written that he fulfilled the word of God which says the zeal of your house consumes me (John 2:13-22). So in the presence of Jesus as we call upon God we get infused with zeal for God. Don’t pray and you find yourself les zealous for God.

And there is Moses, who stands for the clarity of instruction. He was the one to whom God delivered the myriads of instruction for law in Isreal, becoming the father of the new nation. There is the myriads of details for the tabernacle in the wilderness. The bible will later record that Moses was faithful in all the house of God (Hebrews 3:2). He faithfully delivered the details of the way the tabernacle should be and saw to his execution in the time of building.

So in prayer we encounter Moses and Elijah. There is the Spirit of Elijah (2Kings 2:15) and the Spirit of Moses (Numbers 11:17) which are different expressions of the Holy Spirit who we encounter in the place of prayer. That was the point Jesus wanted to impress on Peter James and John on that mount.

Now at the end of the vision, Elijah and Moses disappeared and there was only Jesus. This is because the Job of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Jesus (John 16:13-14), and he does that as the spirits of Elijah and Moses that we encounter in the place of prayer.

The spirit of Elijah is the spirit of power (he brought fire from heaven to turn the attention of a nation towards God) (James 5:16-18) while the spirit of Moses is the spirit of purpose (or counsel [direction]; he led a nation from Egypt towards the promise land). Hence when we call on God, we should expect greater display of his power and purpose.

 

 

 

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