Each of us has a Divine call. We have not heard or understood the call. It is likely that we have not fully responded to the call. However, regardless of our knowledge or action we have a call. One of the defining characteristics of the God I know is that he is involved in your life and mine on an intimate basis. The relationship includes our ups and downs, good things and bad, moments of brilliance and those less so, as well as the response we give to the call.
The call to individuals began in time with God first spoke to man and continues through today. John the revelator knew that he had been called; he also knew what it was like to respond. When he writes that “it was Sunday and I was in the Spirit, praying,” (Revelation 1.9) it was as if he already knew that something momentous and life changing was unfolding. Being in the Spirit, praying isn’t a unique experience that began and stopped with John – this is part of your call and mine! However there is a question that you and I face every time we sense God’s call. Do we really want this relationship?
It is easy for me to write to you expressing just how important this decision is in your life. The outcome and what follows touches every part of what it means to be alive! The challenge is that the decision rests fully and completely with each person in the inner room of what makes up our souls. I can support and nurture your choices however I cannot make them for you, and you cannot make the choice for me.
Over time I have come to see John’s experience as one we can all have. The act of praying for each other is something that God does as well. God longs to pray, express his strongest desires, hopes, and dreams, over our hearts and minds. God desires that we would hear, sense, and more importantly feel just how intensely and passionately we are loved. God calls.