Called for Help Lately?

How often do I actually call on God for help? I wondered after listening to Nancy Leigh DeMoss' opening message at Revive '13.

I'm realizing . . . not nearly often enough! Why? I think it's because:

1. I think I can handle it on my own, thank you very much. (So much for "Apart from me you can do nothing"!)

2. In the areas where I do realize I need help, I think God will get fed up with me calling out for help again . . . and again . . . and again . . . and again . . .

But I heard Nancy say it. "Jehovah Ezer never gets tired of us calling out for help."

What holds you back from asking for Jehovah Ezer's help more often?

Did you know Jehovah Ezer is one of God's names?! Jehovah Ezer, The Lord My Help. The One who helps me, supports me, comes to my aid, rescues me in my time of need. The One who comes running when I cry for help:

"There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty" (Deut. 33:26).

But I have to make the call first. Nancy likened it to needing an ambulance. Just thinking about an ambulance doesn't do anything—you have to dial 9–1–1 before one will come racing to your help.

So it is with our God who needs no one and nothing and yet delights in riding to our help. "Lord, I need You!" are some of the sweetest words to God's ears, Nancy said.

So I'm curious. Am I the only one? If not, what holds you back from asking for Jehovah Ezer's help more often?

About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller is a gifted communicator with a tenacious commitment to Scripture coupled with a compassionate, loving voice. She enjoys connecting with and welcoming people so they feel safe, valued, and deeply loved. People describe her as “wise,” “relatable,” and "fiercely gentle."

God has captured Paula’s heart, and she is passionate about sharing life-changing, gospel truths through the lens of her everyday, ordinary life as a wife, mom, neighbor, and church member. Paula is an insatiably curious, lifelong learner, so beware: she tends to ask a lot of questions of everyone near her (being careful not to overwhelm).
She served with Revive Our Hearts for fifteen years and wrote Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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