Using the Names of God to Help You Pray

Do you feel your prayers are bouncing back from heaven?

Would you like to strengthen your prayers and to acknowledge God’s strength, wisdom, power, and faithfulness?

If your prayer life could use a face-lift, try praying the names of God.

Names are Important to us and to God

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.

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.

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

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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.

Calling on God’s Names in Prayer

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 as “call upon” 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 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.

Sneak Peek of the Bite of Bread

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (ELOHIM)

Genesis 16:13 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.” (EL ROI)

Genesis 17: 1-2 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.” (EL SHADDAY) 

Genesis 22: 13-14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] 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.” (YAHWEH YIREH)

Isaiah 53:5 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. (YAWEH ROPHE)

Matthew 1:22-23 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”).

Isaiah 9:6 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.

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Daily Broadcast and Giveaway

I’m looking forward to unpacking these special names of God and the scriptures on my Daily Broadcast! I hope you can join us on Facebook at 8:20 ET AM Monday-Thursday. 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 Thursday (July 12, 2018).


I know many who need to call on the specific names of their God and His attributes as healer, provider, peace, 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?

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25 thoughts on “Using the Names of God to Help You Pray”

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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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