Hello all! Hope it’s a good week so far where you are. Mid-morning yesterday I went walking outside with a friend in her neighborhood. There was no doubt that it’s the middle of the summer!! I came home and cooled off by eating a bunch of cut-up watermelon from the fridge 🙂
Recently I was doing a quick study on a few of the names of God. (I will say up front that I’m no expert in Hebrew, but I’m trusting that the resources I use are fairly accurate.) As I looked at the meanings of these names and read them in context in Scripture, I realized how comforting it is to dwell on all that our God is and does.
Below is a list of five names of God, an example of how they’re used in a Bible verse, and a prayer we can pray that relates to that name.
1. El Shaddai ~ All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” ~Genesis 17:1
This is the first time in the Bible that this particular name of God is used. The Lord and Abram are well acquainted by now. But in this passage we find God reaffirming His covenant with Abram and changing his name to Abraham.
Abraham is remembered for his faith. “And he [Abram] believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” [Genesis 15:6] Abraham believed in a God who was all-powerful and all-sufficient, one whom Abraham was willing to follow to a new land and totally trust with his future.
Thank you, God, that you are all-sufficient. There is no other God but you, and you are more than enough to meet my every need. You are almighty, the Lord God alone who holds all power and authority. May I see your sufficiency and power at work in my life every day.
2. Adonai ~ Lord, Master
“O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” ~Psalm 117:1
Not much needs to be said here! He is our sovereign Lord and ruler of all.
God, you are worthy of my praise. All knowledge and power belong to you. You created me and then you bought me with a price, the death of your only beloved Son. You are my master; you own me. May I serve you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
3. Jehovah Rapha ~ The Lord who heals
“…If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” ~Exodus 15:26
What comfort there is in believing in a God who has healing power! Yes, this means physical healing. But also emotional healing. Maybe we’ve endured a bad relationship or find ourselves in a season of discouragement. He also offers spiritual healing, foremost salvation through Jesus Christ, and also victory over sin in our lives as we walk with Him.
Oh Lord who heals, hear me today. You know intimately every illness that I have, every weakness. Heal me in every way, I pray. Give me physical strength, emotional health, mental wellbeing and spiritual victory. May all the glory go to you always.
4. El Olam ~ The Everlasting God
“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:” ~Isaiah 26:4
This one reminds me of God’s faithfulness. If we loved and served a God who would eventually fade away, what help would that be? No, our God is eternal. His ability to keep His promises never expires.
It also assures me of my home in Heaven. A God who lives forever has a place prepared for us to dwell with Him.
God, you are the eternal one, with no beginning and no end. We will never cease to worship and praise you. Time means nothing to you; you are the King of all the ages. Your character never changes. Thank you that you keep your promises in this life here on earth and that I will spend eternity with you in Heaven.
5. El Roi ~ The God who sees me
“And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?” ~Genesis 16:13
All of these names of God are comforting, but especially this one! When we feel lonely, God sees us. When we feel abandoned or sad or discouraged, God sees us. There is nowhere we can go, no night so dark, that He is not there watching over us.
Dear God, I find such comfort in your name El Roi. When I, like Hagar, feel forsaken and alone, may I remember that you see me. Let your compassion and concern comfort me. Find me in my brokenness and give me hope and courage.
I trust that we will all find comfort as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of our great and powerful God!
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