All who call on him ...
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:11-13 ESV
History is replete with stories of people who called upon God in times of trouble. These often made promises to God of repentance - some committed to following Him if the Almighty would just answer their prayer. This is not what Paul is saying here. For sure a few of these cries for help have changed lives but so many have not. The apostle is teaching us about the cry of the heart - that moment when we abandon all fleshly hope and call out to God from deep within.
I remember that moment in my life. Watching my wife go forward for prayer my heart was moved and for the first time I closed my eyes and began to pray. I started the prayer by telling God what I would do if he healed my wife. A few words into the prayer I sensed a divine presence - I felt sinful, I began to repent and call upon his name. My life has not been the same since that day I called upon the name of Jesus. Calling upon His name from my heart changed everything.
Help us Lord to abandon our fleshly pride and humbly call upon you from the very depths of our hearts.