“If you need us for anything, just call our cell.” Those were our words to our family when we left on a mission trip to Kenya in 2013. My husband Larry and I had finally entered the smart phone generation a few months prior to our trip. Believing for more opportunities to minister oversees, our choice of phone was conditional on our having the ability to use a SIM card from other countries. That would have enabled us to save a lot of U.S. phone roaming charges when we traveled to other nations on mission trips. Even though we were only going to be gone for two weeks, we would be 8,028 miles from home with an eight hour time difference. Larry’s parents were in a nursing home and he needed to be reached if anything happened regarding their health and well-being. We nearly lost them both within a five day period the year before. Since then, His Mom 88 and Dad 92 each required full-time nursing care. At their age, a life-threatening emergency could happen at any time.
The ability to be contacted oversees, in a timely manner, would not have been possible a few years prior. We were amazed that we could be half a world away and receive a phone call from back home in a time sensitive fashion. Critical decisions could be discussed and made within moments of need. Smart phones have made travel more convenient when life at home does not stop just because we are not there. Our phone gave us a sense of peace, knowing we could be contacted immediately if an emergency occurred that required our wisdom, judgment or approval. In the U.S., family decisions, including health, could not be carried out without the authority of the one assigned the Power of Attorney over the parent’s welfare. My husband had been given the Power of Attorney to make decisions for his parents when they were unable to make them for themselves. We thank God there were no emergency phone calls on that trip. It was good to know, had there been an emergency, we could have been reached in the Mount Kenya region within seconds of the onset of a problem. The peace we had gave us the ability to focus on our ministry to others which was our purpose for going.
Prayer is the vehicle God created for us to get in touch with Him. While meditating about prayer an idea sparked my imagination: God has a Throne Phone and our number is in His contacts list. The Lord may not have a literal Throne Phone, but in the same way our cell phones made us accessible on the other side of the world, God is just that accessible to us and more. Scripture assures us, He is available at any time we need to call on Him. Psalms 138:3 declares, “In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.” Psalm 34:17 promises: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distresses and troubles.” (Emphasis mine)
The Bible is God’s “calling” card to His people. It is full of assurances, promises, declarations and teaching that were meant to comfort us. On this calling card, God gave us instructions on how to reach Him if we had any questions, problems, crisis, or just wanted to talk with Him. Scripture can also be used when we pray, to bring God to remembrance of His promises and to declare His word over our situations. The Word of God is His assurance that He is a refuge in the time of trouble! Psalm 46:1-2 affirms: ‘God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas. Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult, Selah [pause and calmly think of that]!” (Emphasis mine)
When Moses was standing before the burning bush on Mount Moriah receiving instructions on how to deliver the slaves from Egypt, Moses asked the Lord whom he should say sent him to free the Israelites. God’s response was in Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites, I AM has sent me to you.” (Read the story in Exodus 3 and the whole account of Israel’s freedom in the book of Exodus.)
There are many names God has used to describe Himself that relate to His character. The name I AM is one of the most powerful because it describes Him as a NOW God! He is not simply a God of the past nor is He only a God of the future. He is I AM (Now, present tense). We know He is eternal and existed before creation, and will be forever. Knowing I AM will hear us today brings us great peace and comfort.
The Lord begins to work on our behalf the moment we ask for help. There is no time gap. From the instant we call out to Him, He immediately hears. His answers come in perfect timing. He’s never late, but He may not come exactly when we think He should. He is working all things together for our good and it is our responsibility to trust Him and His timing. The challenges we face are not meant to defeat us but they can be opportunities to lead us into greater realms of faith and trust.
There is a confidence that comes when we know I AM. There is so much more to that name than seems apparent. Not only is the Lord a triune God (Father, Son Jesus and Holy Spirit), He functions in a trinity of power. 1) He is Omnipotent: Revelation 19:6b “Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!” This means God is Almighty, He is the Lord of Hosts. In other words, He has the highest power and authority available and a host of angels to help bring forth His will. The Lord has no limitations. He has the power to do anything. Absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. 2) He is Omniscient: This power trait is All-Knowing. Nothing that happens on earth escapes His knowledge. One of His names which I mentioned in my previous writing, The God Who Sees Me, explores the fact that God is All-Seeing. He sees us in our time of need and when we call on Him, He moves on our behalf. 3) God is Omnipresent: Because God is a Spirit, He can be everywhere at the same time. He is not confined to human limitations or human imagination. He can hear our prayer and dispatch our deliverance at the same time He answers the prayers of someone in China, and Brazil, Greenland and wherever there is need.
Therefore, the Lord sees and knows everything that occurs in our lives. His presence is available to us every moment of our lives, and He has all the power needed to come to our rescue. It is our responsibility to make the “call” (prayer) for help. A miracle begins when we call upon the Lord. First, we have confirmed our faith that He can do something about our situation by the very act of reaching out to Him. Second, we humble ourselves by asking for His intervention, because we recognize we do not have the wisdom or power to solve our crisis. Third, by praying to Him, we have the expectation that He will do something about our emergency.
One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 29. It is a song David wrote praising the Lord for His mighty power. He acknowledges the Lord for being All-Powerful (Almighty) and describes His power in understandable analogies. David worshipped the Lord as a lad while watching his father’s sheep. As a teen he was able to kill a lion and a bear that were attacking the sheep. That strength and ability would require God’s intervention at such a young age. He had experienced God’s Almighty hand of deliverance time after time in his life, including his defeat of the giant Goliath. (See 1 Samuel 17).
David personally experienced the Lord’s presence, His All-Knowing and His Power. Psalm 29 was written by one who knew intimately the God he was praising. At the end of this beautiful psalm, David made a prophetic declaration about God which was birthed out of his experiences with God. Psalm 29:10-11 “The Lord sat as King over the deluge; the Lord (still) sits as King [and] forever! The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”
Isaiah 59:19b promises: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].”
Today, is your life in the center of a raging storm? Has a deluge of flood waters surrounded you making you feel as if there’s no way out? Have you exhausted every thread of wisdom and direction and yet find yourself still overwhelmed and broken? There is wonderful news for you, I AM is King over the deluge. You may have already been praying to the Lord over your situation but may not have seen the Lord as I AM!
Your answer is to make a call to the Almighty, All-Powerful, Omnipotent One, I AM. By reading Psalm 29 out loud to Him, making it your prayer, you will bring Him honor and glory. Then, ask Him to be King over your deluge. While He is working all things together for your good, He can surround you with His peace, and comfort you with the knowledge, He is working on your behalf. If you are His child, you qualify for His help. If you are not His child, invite the Lord Jesus into your heart, repent of your sins and ask Him to intervene in your life. Jesus came to save the broken and hurting, the confused and the weak and those who have lost their way. It is His desire that all might be saved. (See 1 Timothy 2:4).
Who would have thought, God has a Throne Phone? He’s waiting for your call…