Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.
Have you heard the call to prayer, from the Lord? The Bible, from cover to cover, and Jesus himself, calls us to pray. Jeremiah 33:3 is a great promise verse about prayer.
Most translations start the verse with “Call”. We know that call means contact or talk to. Only a few translations say something different:
- “Ask me” (NLT, CEV)
- “Let your cry come to me” (Bible In Basic English translation)
- “Cry out to me still (Ronald Knox)
I always like to review various translations to see if that helps to understand the meaning of the original language. These three variations on “Call to me” do help me understand that God is saying, “Petition me”. The picture is an urgent asking for revelation.
God is saying, to the Prophet Jeremiah, and today, to Christians, “Ask me for a prophecy”. All Christians can receive prophecy and prophesy. Read 1 Cor. 12-14.
Prophecy and a prophetic word is a foretelling or forthtelling, revealing the mind of God in a particular situation. And prophecies or prophetic ministry and the words given are for edification, encouragement, and consolation (1 Cor. 14:3). This is what prophecies do for us.
Some Christians think about the end of the world and judgments when they hear the word “prophecy” and that is not what Jeremiah 33:3 nor 1 Cor. 12-14 is about. The church is meant to be a prophetic people who prophesy often, as part of our birthright, inheritance, or DNA. Every Christian should be receiving guidance from God, until the second coming of Christ.
God always has more in store. We see our limits and we pray from our place of limitation. But, when we pray, God shows us the something more, that goes past and beyond, the overcomes the limitations.
We often pray small, asking for symptomatic relief, while God desires transformation and a whole new ball game. We feel stuck and it is real. God comes and encourages us to ask him to show us the more, the beyond, the “what He would like things to be”.
God’s invitation to prayer is that he wants to show us ‘remarkable secrets’ (NLT). God has a vision for things, a plan. God wants to do stuff and God has insight to give us.
God is The Living God. God is active. God is on the move. God is The Father who cares for His children.
God is in control, but not controlling. God wants us to ask him, call out to him, for help. And he says that he will show us things. He might show you in a dream or in a vision, with a prophetic word, or a word of knowledge, or a word of wisdom. God might speak to you through circumstances or through wise counsel.
The first step is to call out and ask for help, for guidance, for insight, or for revelation. Say it, pray it, in your own words, like, “Oh God show me…” The invitation from from God is that if we ask, he will answer us and show us things we did not know, secret things, things that were hidden from us, and things that are beyond our comprehension. I get the idea that if we will ask, God says he will show us things that were previously out of our sight.
You see doors, closed doors. Pray and ask God to show you what is on the other side of the doors in your life. Intentionally call to God. Let God speak to you.
If we call to God, he will make things obvious. That is what the “I will tell you” part of this verse means. You will say, “Oh, I did not see that, but I do now”.
God will make something easily seen, that you did not see before. God will let you perceive and discern. What you need to see or need to know will stand out to you. You will say, “I see it now”.