❧ Ps 80:17-18
The bar for answered prayer here seems a bit too low. Give us life, and we'll call on God's Name. The promise couldn't have been made by one who was dead, so...
But, anyway, what I think my response to this prayer should be is to think about the nature of life itself. There is biological life, and then there is a life which is appreciated as a gift from God, a life lived for God. Such a life necessarily calls on the Name of God even as it is shaped by the hand of God. For Jesus' said,
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
❧ John 10:10
All our striving, all our ambition, all our longing and lust are nothing more—and nothing less!—than a desire for the fulfillment of the promise of Christ: abundant life.
I am alive, Lord. I breathe and move and think. And so I thank you for life. But I desire life that is lived in the knowledge of your Name—a life lived to glorify you and in service to my neighbors. Give me such a life that I may call on you, for this is not just life, but life abundant! In Jesus' Name who taught me to pray: Our Father...