“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
Like little children, we can be selfish. We expect God to answer us when we speak to him. But do we answer him? Do we acknowledge our relationship with him on a daily basis?
I once heard that you can get more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. This simply means that being sweet to others makes others want to be around you and do things with you and for you. If we show our love to God by being sweet to him and to those around us, if we trust in him instead of following our own foolishness, if we act like we’re God’s children because we honor him, then we are acknowledging his name.
When we firmly hold onto God and call to him, the logical next step is to listen. He has told us to call to him because he will answer.