Over the past 15 days, I have had the privilege of going through a devotional on my YouVersion Bible app entitled “30 Days to Pray Through God’s Names”.
This experience has been life-changing for me because I realized something: my knowledge of God is woefully inadequate.
Not only that, but my reverence and respect for God is just as bad, if not worse.
Let me explain.
I hope you have already figured this out, but the devotional I have been working through has me exploring 30 different names for God. And that’s only what the devotion offers.
The devotion is taken from Tony Evans’s book, Praying through the Names of God, which contains approximately 85 different names for God.
And we, in our prayers to Him and our conversations about Him, usually use about 2 names for God:
Lord (or LORD, depending on the context) or simply God. Very rarely do we use any different names for Him.
Sure, our Bibles are full of different names: LORD of hosts, Jehovah Jireh and the like. And yes, we occasionally refer to God as YHWH or Elohim or even Abba.
But the names the Israelites had for God? Woah.
Let me give you a few that I’ve come across so far:
- Jehovah El Emeth- LORD God of Truth (Psalm 31:5)
- Jehovah Elohim Yeshua- LORD God of My Salvation (Psalm 88:1)
- El Emunal- The Faithful God (Deut. 7:9)
- El Hakabodh- The God of Glory (Psalm 29:3)
- El Hayyay- God of my Life (Psalm 42:8)
This is just a third of the names I have encountered so far, and God has revealed so much about Himself to me. This devotional has challenged my faith, my knowledge and my prayer life in ways that I could never imagine.
What about you?
How well do you know God? Do you praise Him using similar names?
Dr. Evans believes that it is through praying through His names that we truly get to know Him. It is through His names that the nature of God is revealed to us.
So, I challenge you, Church, first of all to pick up this small devotion or start it on your YouVersion Bible app. The app itself is free, as are all of its features. It is worth the download.
I also encourage you to get the full text, Praying Through the Names of God, by Dr. Tony Evans and experience for yourself the amazing peace and knowledge that will come as a result of learning the various names for God and praying through them each and every day.
Until next time, Church.
Keep the faith.