Is your prayer life becoming stagnant? There’s a practice that can help give some power to your prayers that may surprise you.
That practice is praying the names of God. That may sound strange, but it’s a method that can take your spiritual life to new heights.
The God of the Bible has many names and titles. Each of His names speaks volumes about His nature and His attributes. Meditating on these attributes through praying God’s names could add a new dose of power to your spiritual life.
Do you want to add some fire to your daily prayers? Read on to learn about the meaning of the names of God and how they can impact your prayers.
Jehovah Jireh is one of God’s names, translating to “God will provide.” This is one of the first names of God many people learn since it appears in so many Sunday school songs. However, there’s a depth to this name that we don’t comprehend as children.
We first see Jehovah Jireh in Scripture in Genesis 22, when God calls on Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This is the same son through whom God said He would make Abraham a father of many nations. Now God seems to be taking that promise away.
And yet Abraham carries out his calling, trusting that God would intervene and provide what He said He would.
In praying to Jehovah Jireh, we choose to trust in God’s provision against all hope, just as Abraham did when it seemed he’d lose all things to be provided to him in Isaac. Praying this name is an act of leaning solely on the provision of God when we have nothing to fall back on.
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El Shaddai is commonly translated as “God Almighty.” However, that is not the only interpretation found amongst believers.
While most believe that Shaddai translates to “mighty, some believe it means sufficient, giving God the title “All-sufficient One.” Still, others interpret El Shaddai as “God of the Mountain.” Of course, God’s presence was on a mountain, Mount Sinai, where He met with Moses regarding the Israelites.
Whichever interpretation you take, there is great power in El Shaddai’s name. Praying this name acknowledges the mighty and powerful God we worship. It’s also an acknowledgment of His sufficiency and ability to meet every need, which Moses and the Israelites had to learn in the wilderness.
YHWH is the name of God that Jews considered too sacred to speak. It was so rarely spoken that its exact pronunciation is unknown. “Yahweh” is likely the closest we will ever come to the correct pronunciation.
YHWH means “I AM.” This name designates God as the Eternal, Self-Existing One. Certain Scriptures refer to God as existing from “everlasting to everlasting” (Psalm 41:13 and Psalm 90:2), which captures the reality of His eternal nature.
Praying this sacred name helps us recognize that God is beyond us and our concepts of time and space. It’s a reminder that God is the source of all things. In praying this name, you acknowledge that all that exists is from Him and nowhere else.
From Him, through Him, and to Him are all things.
The Names of God
Many other names of God exist, all of which can add some power to your daily prayers. Study these names, pray them from a place of knowledge, and watch your spiritual life change drastically.
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