Sometimes it can be hard to pray. Because we don’t always know what to say.
And if you are anything like me, it can be so easy to get distracted.
Or find yourself in a rut of just repeating the same stuff.
When we find ourselves in these difficult seasons it can help to try something different.
Because when we try new ways to pray, it helps us connect with God in new ways.
And a great way to connect with God is to pray his many names.
- Praying Using the Names of God
- 1) Praying God’s Name: “El Roi”- The God Who Sees
- 2) Praying God’s Name: “El Shaddai” – The All-Sufficient God
- 3) Praying God’s Name: “El Elyon” – The Most High God
- 4) Praying God’s Name: “El Olam” – The Everlasting God
- 5) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Rapha” – The Lord that Heals
- 6) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Raah” – The Lord My Shepherd
- 7) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Shammah” – The Lord is There
- 8) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Jireh” – The Lord Will Provide
- 9) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Sabaoth” – The Lord of Heaven’s Armies
- 10) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Hoshiah” – The Lord Saves
- 11) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Tsidkenu” – The Lord Our Righteousness
- 12) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Mekaddishkem” – The Lord Who Sanctifies
- 13) Praying God’s Name: “Yahweh Nissi” – The Lord My Banner
- 14) Praying God’s Name: “Yahweh Shalom” – The Lord is Peace
- 15) Praying God’s Name: “Adonai” – My Lord
- Praying Through the Names of God
Praying Using the Names of God
When we pray using the names of God, we are reminded of all the different aspects of God. Because He has many different names:
- “El Roi”- The God Who Sees
- “El Shaddai” – The All-Sufficient God
- “El Elyon” – The Most High God
- “El Olam” – The Everlasting God
- “Jehovah Rapha” – The Lord that Heals
- “Jehovah Raah” – The Lord My Shepherd
- “Jehovah Shammah” – The Lord is There
- “Jehovah Jireh” – The Lord Will Provide
- “Jehovah Sabaoth” – The Lord of Heaven’s Armies
- “Jehovah Hoshiah” – The Lord Saves
- “Jehovah Tsidkenu” – The Lord Our Righteousness
- “Jehovah Mekaddishkem” – The Lord Who Sanctifies
- “Yahweh Nissi” – The Lord My Banner
- “Yahweh Shalom” – The Lord is Peace
- “Adonai” – My Lord
Our prayer and worship times are revitalized as we think about His many character traits. And the vast array of ways He interacts and cares for us.
1) Praying God’s Name: “El Roi”- The God Who Sees
Praying God’s name “El Roi” reminds us that we serve a God who sees us.
He knows every thought running through our minds and the deepest desires of our hearts.
Thank you for being the God who sees me. While people may forget about me, you do not.
You notice me. You search for me. And you delight in me.
I am so grateful to serve a God who never leaves me, and is concerned about even the smallest moments of my day.
“Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, ‘You are the God who sees me.’” -Genesis 16:13 NLT
2) Praying God’s Name: “El Shaddai” – The All-Sufficient God
Praying God’s name “El Shaddai” reminds us that our God is all-sufficient. The definition of sufficient is “enough; adequate.”
God is enough for us.
If we have Him, then we have all we need.
Forgive me for the times I try to seek things outside of you. I know those things are never enough. And that they will never fill me up.
Help me remember you are all I need.
Help me to let go of the things of this world that can never satisfy. And instead, drink from the well of your love that never runs dry.
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.’” -Genesis 17:1 NLT
3) Praying God’s Name: “El Elyon” – The Most High God
Praying God’s name “El Elyon” reminds us that the Lord is the Most High God. He is all-powerful and in complete control of everything.
He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (always present), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnibenevolent (supremely good).
It is so reassuring to realize you not only know everything but you are also all-powerful OVER everything.
Even when everything around me feels out of control . . . you are still in control.
You have a plan. Even when I don’t understand.
And you are working all things out for my good and your glory.
“I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.” -Psalm 9:2
4) Praying God’s Name: “El Olam” – The Everlasting God
Praying God’s Name “El Olam” reminds us that God is everlasting. He is eternal. With no beginning and no end.
This means He is so much bigger than us.
While the things of this world will rot and decay, God will never go away. He is always there.
Always with us.
And that is incredibly reassuring.
Thank you, God, for being eternal. For your everlasting love that embraces and redeems us.
While friends come and go. And the things of this world can break.
You are always there.
You will never go away. Your love will never fade.
And I am so grateful that someday, because of what Jesus did on the cross, I will get to spend eternity with you.
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” -Isaiah 26:4 ESV
5) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Rapha” – The Lord that Heals
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Rapha” is especially comforting to those who are suffering from ailments, diseases, or other health issues.
God created our bodies, so he can heal them if he chooses to.
We can either proclaim his glory through our miraculous healings.
Or we can proclaim his glory through our steadfast devotion to Him even in our lack of healing.
After all, there are many ways God can heal us. And while many of them are not physical . . . they are all good for us.
I praise you Lord, because you are the Lord that heals me.
You can heal me of any ailment, disease, or health condition that causes me suffering.
But you can also heal me in other ways.
You have healed my soul when you forgave my sin. You heal my heart with your everlasting love. And you heal my mind by teaching me your truth.
I am so grateful for all the ways you heal me every single day.
And I trust you even if you choose not to heal everything in my body right away.
Because I know that someday you will heal all of me . . . for all of eternity.
“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’” -Exodus 15:26 NIV
6) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Raah” – The Lord My Shepherd
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Raah” reminds us that the Lord is our shepherd.
A shepherd cares for his sheep. He ensures they have what they need for life: food, water, and shelter.
In the same way, God cares for us and provides for us. He works to keep us safe, so we can enjoy His peace.
Thank you for being the good Shepherd that watches out for his sheep.
Protect me from the evil one. Provide for all my needs.
Shelter me under the wings of your love so that I may lie down in peace.
Knowing that the God who loves me is watching over me.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” -Psalm 23:1 NLT
7) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Shammah” – The Lord is There
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Shammah” reminds us that the Lord is there.
People may betray us. They may walk away and leave us.
But the Lord never will.
He is always there. Always right by our side.
I am so grateful that I can always count on you. You will never leave me or forsake me.
People may hurt me, betray me, or leave me. But You won’t.
You are always right by my side. No matter what I go through in life.
And I am forever grateful for this.
“The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is There.’” -Ezekial 48:35 NLT
8) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Jireh” – The Lord Will Provide
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Jireh” reminds us that the Lord will provide.
He knows our needs even before we ask for them. And he knows exactly what he is going to do in our situation.
We just have to trust that he knows best.
Thank you for all the different ways you provide for me.
I woke up today. There is breath in my lungs. And my heart is beating.
You have provided salvation for my soul. Forgiveness for my sins. And eternal life in Heaven.
I am so grateful for all these things. And the many ways you provide for all of my needs every, single day.
“Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’” -Genesis 22:14 NLT
9) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Sabaoth” – The Lord of Heaven’s Armies
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Sabaoth” is how we declare he is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Our God is the leader of all the angels. He is in charge.
He assigns them to watch over us. To protect us.
And someday they will help God set everything right by ridding this world of all evil.
What a glorious day that will be!
You are the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and I ask that you would send those armies to protect and watch over my family.
May your angels keep guard over our home.
Protect us from any attacks of the evil one. And keep watch over us until the day you call us home.
“But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice. The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness.” -Isaiah 5:16 NLT
10) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Hoshiah” – The Lord Saves
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Hoshiah” reminds us that we serve a God who saves.
He saves us from our sins. And he saves us from ruining our lives when we choose to listen to him.
And when the brokenness of this world causes it all to fall apart, we can cry out to the One who holds our hearts.
He is the God who will come to our rescue.
No matter where we are.
I need you, Lord.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to fix this. All I can do is cry out to you.
You are the God who saves me. The God who heals me. The God who sees me.
Come to my rescue, Lord.
Pull me out of this mess. Wrap your arms around me and give me rest.
“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.” -Psalm 55:16 NIV
11) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Tsidkenu” – The Lord Our Righteousness
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Tsidkenu” reminds us of what Jesus did on the cross for us.
He took our sins and gave us his righteousness.
Which is quite humbling to think about.
Thank you, Lord, for taking my sin and bestowing on me your righteousness through Jesus.
I am so grateful that I have been washed clean. That my sins have been forgiven.
And that because of this, I can spend eternity with you.
“In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” -Jeremiah 37:16 ESV
12) Praying God’s Name: “Jehovah Mekaddishkem” – The Lord Who Sanctifies
Praying God’s name “Jehovah Mekaddishkem” may be difficult simply because it is hard to say. It’s a rather strange name. With a beautiful meaning.
Because it means . . . the Lord who sanctifies.
God doesn’t just save us. He also makes us new.
He works in us to change us and helps us grow in godly character.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God sanctifies us so we can learn to let go of our sinful ways and instead live holy lives that honor him.
Thank you for not only saving me, but continuing to work in me to change me from the inside out.
Please, continue to shape me and remake me.
May the Holy Spirit continue to teach me how to let go of my old sinful ways so my life can reflect more of you.
“Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” -Leviticus 20:8 ESV
13) Praying God’s Name: “Yahweh Nissi” – The Lord My Banner
Praying God’s name “Yahweh Nissi” may sound a little weird.
I mean, why would we want to pray that the Lord is our banner?
Well, a banner is often something that identifies or unifies a particular group of people. For example, a military flag is sometimes called a banner.
By saying “The Lord is My Banner” we are identifying ourselves as followers of Jesus.
It is a name that recognizes God’s leadership and protection over his people.
I am so grateful to be under your leadership and protection.
As Christians, we have been rescued. Now, may we unite under you. To join in the battle against the rulers of darkness.
So, that many others may be saved and brought under the banner of your love.
“Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.” -Exodus 17:15 NIV
14) Praying God’s Name: “Yahweh Shalom” – The Lord is Peace
Praying God’s name “Yahweh Shalom” reminds us that the Lord is peace.
When we find our rest in him, we don’t have to be afraid. We don’t have to worry.
Because our God is always in control.
Knowing our lives are held in the hands of the God who loves us . . . brings us peace, no matter what we are facing.
Thank you, Lord, that no matter what I am facing, I can find my peace in you.
You are in control.
You are working in ways I cannot see. And you know what you are doing.
I trust you. I believe in you. And I choose to find my rest and peace in you.
“And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.” -Judges 6:24 NLT
15) Praying God’s Name: “Adonai” – My Lord
Praying God’s name “Adonai” is a simple reminder that he is our Lord.
He is our master. He is our King. He is the one in charge of everything.
Every day we can choose to look to him for guidance and direction.
And as we submit to him in everything, we will find that a life lived in full surrender . . . is pretty amazing.
You are my Lord. My master. My King.
I choose to submit and surrender to you in every area of my life.
May all I do bring honor and glory to you.
“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” -Psalm 16:2 NIV
Praying Through the Names of God
Praying through the names of God can help us connect with God in ways we haven’t before.
It can revitalize our prayer life.
And it can help us remember all the amazing different attributes and characteristics of the God we serve.
Which reminds us why he is most worthy of all our praise!
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