Are you a ministry leader planning on some BIG changes? Start the process right by engaging in personal, family and team prayer. Then, don’t stop! Make prayer central to your leadership and congregational DNA as the Holy Spirit leads the every season.
Not sure where to begin? Here are 12 Names for God you can call on to go deeper in your understanding of who He is and what He is capable of through you and your team. (Consider teaching through these attributes as well!)
Yahweh is the promised name of God in the Old Testament. This name for God, which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled “YHWH,” without vowels. The modern spelling as “Yahweh” includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.” Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah, meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this describes a God who wants to reveal Himself. It is to this sovereign yet eternally accessible Lord that we go to in prayer and trust with transforming our lives, families and ministries.
As you pray, speak the Name of God specific for each need, knowing that He will hear and answer as you call on His Name! A few of those names include…
Jehovah: Lord… One and only! Exodus 3
Jehovah-Elohim: Lord Sovereign… in control! Genesis 1:1
Jehovah-Jireh: Lord that provides… all our needs! Isaiah 61:1
Jehovah-Mekoddishkem: Lord that sanctifies you… sets you apart! Exodus 31:13
Jehovah-Nissi: Lord my banner… we are victors and not victims! Exodus 17:15
Jehovah-Rapha: Lord that heals… broken souls, minds & body! Jeremiah 30:17
Jehovah-Raah: Lord that shepherds me… our guide and guard! Psalm 23:1
Jehovah-Sabaoth: Lord of hosts or armies… He is supreme! Psalm 24:9-10
Jehovah-Shalom: Lord of peace… flowing in me and through us! Judges 6:24
Jehovah-Shamma: Lord that is present… anywhere, anytime! Ezekiel 48:35
Jehovah-Tsikednu: Lord of righteousness…clothed in holiness! Jeremiah 23:6
The Name of JESUS.
While all of these names describe the attributes of Jehovah, Jesus is God the Son and is all of the above in One!
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11, NIV)
Go ahead, speak out loud the Name of Jehovah God in Christ Jesus as you praise His Holy Name and cry out for His sovereign wisdom and power. As our spiritual fathers and mothers before us, we can call on the Name of the Lord our God who is still mighty to save! Stay tuned for a Prayer Strategy post coming soon!
Click here for a free PDF copy – Prayer Names of God
Reference: Blue Letter Bible at www.blueletterbible.org
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