Prayer is a powerful lifeline to God. When we pray the names of God during seasons of difficulty, we can trust and believe that he hears us. Even when we experience moments of peace and joy, we can still connect to the Lord in prayer.
Because we need God every moment! In the good times, and in times of struggle–we need the Lord.
Prayer to God is as vital as the air we breathe.
Think about the words of James in this passage:
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.James 5:13-16
The common thread throughout this passage is prayer. One of the most powerful and effective ways we can pray is by praying the Word of God.
When we pray the Word of God, we are speaking the truth of God into our very situations–and God’s Word never returns void!
That is what it is equally important that we pray the names of God.
When we call on the Lord and pray the names of God, we are infusing the very essence of God into our prayers.
We are declaring the truth of who God is, and proclaiming the power and omnipotence of God in our lives.
What a powerful way to pray! Here are 21 names of God to pray as you seek his face for peace, strength, and power each day.
Praying the Names of God
El Roi–The God who Sees (Genesis 16:13)
In this passage God appears to Hagar when she flees to the desert from the mistreatment of her mistress Sarai. God took the time to meet this Egyptian slave girl right where she was.
She was not insignificant to Him–and God provided exactly what she needed. In our times of difficulty, we must remember that God is still El Roi today.
He sees you and your pain, and you matter deeply to him!
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”Genesis 16:13
Lord, I thank you that you are El Roi–the God who sees. According to your word, you look down from heaven and see all mankind (Psalm 33:13). Look down on me and those in my sphere of influence, and have mercy on us. Guard me with your truth, and lead me in the way you want me to go.
El Shaddai–The All Sufficient God (Genesis 17:1)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.Genesis 17:1
In this passage God appears to Abram and declares that he is El Shaddai–-the all-sufficient God. God then changed Abram’s name to Abraham and declared that he would be the father of many nations.
How was this possible when Abram and Sarai were barren and childless? Because God is all sufficient–nothing is too hard for him!
The next time you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible, remember that you are the child of El Shaddai, and nothing is too difficult for our God!
Lord, I thank you that you are El Shaddai–the all-sufficient God. Nothing is too difficult for you. You sustain the entire world in your hands, and nothing is hidden from your sight (Hebrews 4:13). You are all-powerful and mighty–praise be to your name! Help me to remember that no matter what I face, you will uphold me with your righteous right hand (Psalm 48:10).
El Elyon–the Most High God (Psalm 9:2)
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.Psalm 9:2
Another name for God is the Most High God–there is no one above him! He is exalted above all other kings, monarchs, and those in authority. He is lifted high, and his enemies are scattered (Psalm 68:1).
Sometimes the problems and difficult circumstances in our lives can seem so daunting–without knowing, we exalt our problems over the greatness of our Most High God.
But because God is El Elyon, our circumstances must bow the knee to the Most High God!
The next time you feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the circumstances in your life remember this: our God is exalted above all!
Lord, I praise your name that you are El Elyon–the Most High God. Is there anything too hard for you? Is there any king, ruler, or authority greater than you? No–you are exalted above all! Help me to trust you with my life, and to remember that nothing can separate me from your love (Romans 8:39).
Jehovah Jireh–the Lord will Provide (Genesis 22:14)
Many of us are familiar with this powerful passage in Scripture when Abraham was tested. God told Abraham,
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
Even though Abraham did not understand God’s request to sacrifice his son, he did not hesitate–and took Isaac to the mountain the next day.
Just as Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, here’s what happened next:
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:11-12
At that moment, a ram appeared in a thicket nearby. God provided a for Abraham that day, and the ram was sacrificed instead of Abraham’s son (Genesis 22:13).
So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14
What a powerful story! God provided for us by sending Jesus to die in our place. Jesus is our sacrificial lamb, and the “ram in the bush”–who took the punishment of our sins.
That is the most powerful provision of all!
Lord, thank your for being Jehovah Jireh–my provider. You provided salvation for my sins, and now I will spend eternity with you. Praise be to your name! I also trust and believe that you will provide for all my needs, according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus!
Praying the Names of God Scripture Reading Plan
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Have a wonderful day, and remember to pray the names of God each day! 🙂
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