Praying God's Names

Using the Names of God to Help You Pray During a Pandemic

I don’t think the world has ever collectively felt the need to pray as we do now. Perhaps in past war times, depressions, or other pandemics, but not in recent decades.

So many need our prayers. Governing authorities from our local and state governments, to our federal law makers need prayer. Our neighbors, friends, and coworker need our prayers. It’s all around us.

Some of us wonder what we can do to make a difference right now. If that is one of your questions, something aching in your heart, then you my friend have been chosen to pray. But I know many of us feel our prayers bounce back from heaven. We’re not sure if they are doing any good.

Find New Ways to Pray

Even though prayer seems passive, we must recognize it’s power and resist the doubts that our prayers don’t matter. If your prayer life could use a face-lift, start praying the Hebrew names of God.

Why would this help us? Because names are important to us and to God. For example, have you ever had someone recognize you and say your name when you didn’t expect it?

One day I walked into a hotel exhausted from an eight hour solo drive.

“Name?” asked the friendly front desk clerk.

“Lee,” I responded while fumbling with my bags.

Without missing a beat he said, “Oh! Andy Lee?”

It always awakens my senses when someone I don’t know somehow knows my name--not that it happens very often, but when it does, I’m taken aback. My face must have given away my thoughts and he explained he’d just spoken with the head of the conference and gone through the list of names. Even though the list was fresh on his mind, I liked him. He knew my name.

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Our names are important to us. Whenever someone calls us by name–especially someone we don’t know, it gets our attention.

I’m not good at remembering names.  I always feel awful when I know someone but her name won’t retrieve itself from the cobwebs in my brain. Don’t you hate it when the name comes to you two hours after the encounter?

We know it’s important. If it blesses us for people to know our name, wouldn’t it bless God too? We are made in His image.

The Promises of Praying God’s Name

Jeremiah prophesied God’s promise:

“….Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

– Jeremiah 29:12

It blesses me to think of attaining the favor of God’s ear.

This verse makes it personal like pouring your heart out to an attentive friend over a cup of Starbucks.

“I will listen to you,” whispers the Ancient of  Days looking straight into my eyes.

Though I know this verse was first penned for the Israelites, the promise demonstrates the character of God, and how He works in our lives.

But according to this verse something must happen before God hears us.

We must call upon Him and pray to Him. What does it mean to “call upon” God?

I’m so glad you asked. (Smile.)

It’s more than saying, “Help!” or “Hey, you!” The Hebrew word translated in the NIV is Qara. According to the Key Word Study Bible, Qara rarely refers to a random outcry.

 Qara is used to signify the act of naming. . . . Naming a person may specify that individual’s primary characteristic, be an evaluation, or recognize an eternal truth in the sense of summoning for a specific task. Another prominent usage has to do with calling on the name of God; that is to summon His aid…. (Key Word NIV p. 1549)

God has many names.

God’s names reveal His attributes and how people experience His power and goodness. When Moses asked His name, God replied, “I AM.”   This name signifies the One who encompasses all things and can do all things, the One who lives forever, the covenant God YHWH.

Other names of God:

  • Elohim, God, Mighty Creator,
  • EL Shadday, God Almighty,
  • Yaweh Yireh, God Will Provide,
  • Yaweh Rophe, God Who Heals.
  • Abba, Father
  • EL Roi, God Who Sees Me

Just to name a few.

Names of Jesus:

  • Immanuel, God With Us
  • Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace
  • Ga’al, Redeemer
  • Yeshua, Jesus the Savior

Something stirs within me when I begin my petitions to my EL Roi, The God Who Sees Me or to Abba, my heavenly Daddy, or Sar Shalom, my Prince of Peace.

Praying The Names of God Book

One of my most cherished books, one that never gets lost or dusty because I use it for reference often, is Praying the Names of God, by Ann Spangler. If this post stirs an interest in your spirit to know more about God’s names, I recommend this purchase. It’s a keeper. (I’m giving it away! Leave a comment to enter.)

This week we are going to study seven names of God and use them in prayer.

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Free Printable of these scriptures and prayers here. 

Genesis 1:1  -ELOHIM

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Prayer: “Elohim, you created this world, and it was very good. Elohim, we pray you help the scientists and doctors working on vaccines and medicines for this virus. You are the creator of creators. Show them how. Help them create a vaccine. Amen.”

Genesis 16:13 -EL ROI

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Prayer: “El Roi, so many are isolated, lonely, and feel invisible. But you are the God who sees. Not one person is invisible to you. I pray you will make your presence known to those who have no one. El Roi meet them in their pain and speak to them. Amen.”

 

Genesis 17: 1-2 – EL SHADDAY

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

The Message Bible translates this name as the God of Angel Armies.

Prayer: “El Shadday, nothing is too hard for you. You are the God of angel armies, a powerful and faithful God. Your promise to Abraham came to fruition. El Shadday we pray to witness your strength, power, and faithfulness in this pandemic. Amen.”

Genesis 22: 13-14  -YAHWEH YIREH (JEHOVA JIREH)

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Prayer: “Yahweh Yireh, so many need your provision now. They have followed you. They’ve trusted you. We praise you Yahweh Yireh for being the God who does provide and the God who is good, kind, and faithful. Thank you. Amen.”

Isaiah 53:5 – YAHWEH ROPHE

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  

We get so focused on physical healing, and He does heal that way, but this verse is about our iniquities and transgressions. Let’s pray to Yahweh Rophe for this healing of our land.

Prayer: “Yahweh Rophe, we come humbly before you and ask your forgiveness of our sins, both personal and as a nation. You are the God who went to the greatest lengths to heal us from our sinful nature. Yahweh Rophe, we continue to pray for our nation’s spiritual healing first and foremost. Be glorified in this pain. We love you, Amen.”

Matthew 1:22-23 – IMMANUEL

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Jesus was the image of the invisible God when He walked on this earth. After His death and resurrection, He sent His Spirit. We aren’t alone.

Prayer: “Immanuel, the quarantine has isolated us from one another. We can’t gather in our places of worship. Schools have been closed. We work from home staring at computer screens. Immanuel, please make your presence known to us, especially those suffering from loneliness. Amen.”

 

Isaiah 9:6  -SAR SHALOME

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Prayer: “Thank you Sar Shalom for sending your Holy Spirit whose fruit includes peace. I pray your Spirit of peace falls heavy like a weighted blanket on those who fight anxiety and worry. Sar Shalome, I pray they will hunger for your peace and receive it. Amen.”

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WEEKLY Broadcast and Giveaway

I’m looking forward to unpacking these special names of God and the scriptures with you Wednesday night. I hope you can join us on Facebook at 7:30 PM ET.  I feel this will be a special week. If you aren’t a Facebook guru, you can find the videos on my You Tube page. If you are on Facebook, join the broadcast to learn how to enter the giveaway of Ann Spangler’s book! I’ll draw for the winner next week.

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I know many who need to call on the specific names of their God and His attributes as healer, provider, peace-maker, creator, Almighty strength, and my favorite, El Roi, the God who sees me.

He sees you right where you are. He knows your name. Now you know His. 

Call on Him specifically. Why wouldn’t God cherish that we call His name? We’re made just like Him–in His image. If someone knowing our names perks our ears, why wouldn’t it His?

Comment and enter the Giveaway!

Which name speaks to your soul? Leave a comment, and I will enter you into the giveaway for Ann Spangler’s book!

Digging Deep to Live Fully,

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PS. Here’s some great articles on prayer written by friends, Sandy Chambers on her site dedicated to prayer called Pray Waves, and Lori Stanley Roeleveld who has a free book on prayers during this crisis. 

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34 thoughts on “Using the Names of God to Help You Pray During a Pandemic”

  1. My favorite name to pray with is Emmanuel., God with Us. The name of Emmanuel provides Me with comfort, encouragement and reassurance that I am not alone.

    1. Hello, I am having a little trouble trying to find how to make a comment. But I am able to make comment here. Hope this is ok.
      I am so intrigued with the names of God and love that they are specific to prayers. Thank you for this lesson.

  2. Such an important message for today. Praying God’s name is a wonderful way to pray—it encourages us to trust who God is and what He has promised to be for us.
    Going to go back and dig out that wonderful book you gifted me once!

  3. it is so important to know these names of God and mention them in specific situation, i believe it will move HIM into action

  4. Am loving this week’s study. Idk why but never thought about using these names while praying but sure will from now on. Thanks so much!

    1. Karla, that is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear how using the ancient names of God in prayer enriches your prayer-life and relationship with him. I love it too! You’re entered again!!

  5. Love to just say the names Emmanuel and Shalom whenever the need arises…and in the world of today that is often! Who doesn’t need to feel God a is and peace!

  6. I love studying the names for God and the meanings of each one. Thank you for digging deeper with us, Andy!
    El Roi-God who sees me
    I find that so comforting! 🙂

    1. Oh Debbie, I’m excited for you. I pray this study and praying His names will enrich your time with him. You would love this book. You’re entered!

  7. Yes a beautiful start to a new week of study. Love how you claim to be a word geek…Me also. Great Bible study.

    1. Word Geeks Unite! Thanks for stopping by Karl! I’ve entered you into the drawing to with Ann Spangler’s book! Thanks for joining me. 🙂

  8. I AM- ” I am all that My people need.”
    My favorite name is Jehovah Ezer. I am the God who helps you!
    I’ve lost my copy of The Names of God.

    1. Hi Pat! Those are wonderful names of God. I agree! I’m so sorry you lost your book! You’re entered for a chance to win another! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Thank you, Andy, for enriching my life with your sweet demeanor in the Lord. Your writing friend, Del Bates, shared ”Bite of Bread” with me one day, and I’ve been a fan since.

    I am calling on Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace, to resolve a thirty-year problem that keeps rising it’s ugly head in my family. God is faithful. I realize I need to not fret anymore, but loose it to Him.

    I’m ordering Key Word Study Bible! God bless you in all you do.

    1. Hi Marty! I’m so glad Del shared the Bite of Bread with you! I will be praying to Sar Shalom for you. He is faithful. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  10. I love learning the names of Jesus and God. It’s so true that we get excited when someone knows our name, why would our Father be any different? That put things into perspective for me. You’re such a gifted teacher Andy! I’m thankful for you and the time you take to spread the word to others.

    1. Thanks Courtney! Using His names in prayer is so powerful. It truly will enrich your prayer life. I’m excited for you. Love ya girl. Keep hanging on tight to Him. You’re entered!

  11. Just reading the names of God in this post creates such a sense of peace and calm. Looking forward to this weeks Bite of Bread!💖

    1. Hi Heather! I experience the same peace. maybe that’s why I love praying His names. I’m so excited about digging into these names and scriptures. Looking forward to seeing you join me! You’re entered.

  12. Andy,
    I am so excited for this study! God has been stirring the subject of Pray once again in my heart. He is always a Right in Time God. Thank you in advance for this study.
    Tina

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