“Calling on the name of the Lord” was not equal to prayer in Saul’s case. Saul prayed as a believer in Acts 9:11 (“for behold he prayeth”) but he didn’t call on the name of the Lord until Acts 22:16.
“Calling on the name of the Lord” is equated with:
· repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins Acts 2:21 / 38
· being baptized Acts 22:16
· obeying the gospel Romans 10:13 / 16
Some definitions for the phrase “call on the name of”:
· call on or upon, a. to require; appeal to: They called on him to represent them – The Random House College Dictionary
· to appeal to one, make appeal unto – Thayer
God grants us salvation when we comply with such conditions as He has specified. We “call on the name of the Lord” by meeting those conditions (similar to how we make an appeal to God in I Peter 3:21 by being baptized). In meeting His conditions of salvation, we appeal to (call on) God for the salvation He has promised.
Have you “called on the name of the Lord” to be saved?