Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide

Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide

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by Ann Spangler
     
 

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Mercy, protection, blessing - these are the concrete promises, the gifts that belong to everyone who loves God's name. Praying the Names of God will lead you into a fresh experience of God's love and power by exploring the Hebrew names of God revealed in Scripture and then showing you how to pray them on a daily basis. By praying these divine names and titles and by…  See more details below

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Mercy, protection, blessing - these are the concrete promises, the gifts that belong to everyone who loves God's name. Praying the Names of God will lead you into a fresh experience of God's love and power by exploring the Hebrew names of God revealed in Scripture and then showing you how to pray them on a daily basis. By praying these divine names and titles and by understanding the biblical context in which they were first revealed, you will gain a more intimate knowledge of God and his absolute faithfulness. El Shadday, Elohim, Adonay - Through his names God reveals his character and his love. He is the Creator, the Everlasting God, the God Who Sees Me, the Lord Who Heals, The Lord My Rock, The Lord My Shepherd, and the Father who is calling us into a deeper, more satisfying relationship.

Ann Spangler identifies twenty-six of the most prominent names and titles of God, primarily drawn from the Hebrew Scriptures, to provide six-months' worth of devotions. Each new week will offer a deeper experience of God by leading you into a unique program of prayer and study. This fresh, biblically based approach to prayer is designed to lead you into a richer and more passionate relationship with God, enabling you to echo the psalmist's prayer: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

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ISBN-13:
9780310253532
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
404,931
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.88(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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GOD, MIGHTY CREATOR
ELOHIM
The Name
Elohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very first sentence of the Bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember that he is the one who began it all, creating the heavens and the earth and separating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day.
This ancient name for God contains the idea of God's creative power as well as his authority and sovereignty. Jesus used a form of the name in his agonized prayer from the cross. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?'---which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
Key Scripture
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
Monday
GOD REVEALS HIS NAME
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep,
while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light.' God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning,
the first day.
And God said, 'Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.' God called the dome Sky.
And God said, 'Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.' God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. Then God said, 'Let the earth put forth vegetation:
plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.'
And God said, 'Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night.'
And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.'
And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.'
Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply,
and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.' God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. (Selected from Genesis 1 NRSV)
Elohim, Mighty One, you made everything out of nothing, imposed order on chaos, gave birth to beauty, and called it all good. Help me to know you as the one true God who created everything and everyone, the one who has placed me on the earth for a purpose---to magnify your name.Amen.
Understanding the Name
Elohim (e-lo-HEEM) is the plural form of El or Eloah, one of the oldest designations for divinity in the world. The Hebrews borrowed the term El from the Canaanites. It can refer either to the true God or to pagan gods. Though El is used more than 200 times in the Hebrew Bible, Elohim is used more than 2,500 times. Its plural form is used not to indicate a belief in many gods but to emphasize the majesty of the one true God. He is the God of gods, the highest of all. Christians may recognize in this plural form a hint of the Trinity---Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Elohim occurs thirty-two times in the first chapter of Genesis. After that the name Yahweh appears as well and is often paired with Elohim and, in the NIV, the two together are translated 'the LORD God.'
Studying the Name
1. 'Genesis' is a word that can mean 'birth,' 'history of origin,'
or 'genealogy.' What can you observe about who God is from this passage about beginnings?
2. What can you observe about the world he has made?
3. What do you think it means to be created in 'the image of
God'? How would your life change if you lived with the constant awareness that he created you to bear his image?
4. God seems delighted by what he has made, proclaiming it good and even very good. How does God's assessment of creation shape your own attitude toward the world? Toward yourself?
GOD, MIGHTY CREATOR
Tuesday
PRAYING THE NAME
Then God said,'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them,'Be fruitful and multiply,
and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.' (Genesis 1:26--28 NRSV)
Reflect On: Genesis 1:26--28
Praise God: For his power in creating the heavens and the earth out of absolutely nothing.
Offer Thanks: That God has not only created you, but made you in his own image.
Confess: Any tendency to forget that every human life, including your own, is sacred.
Ask God: To renew your sense of wonder and gratitude for the things he has made.
A mighty God could have created a world quite different from the one we know. It could have had perpetually dark skies, grass that hurt to walk on, dogs that couldn't be housebroken, and people incapable of love. Have you ever wondered why the world you take for granted is often so stunningly beautiful? So pleasant to live in?
Why the people around you are capable of so much kindness?
So often we miss life's beauty because we are preoccupied by its flaws. Instead of taking off our shoes to feel the feathery soft grass beneath our feet, we complain that it's growing so fast we don't have time to mow it. Rather than enjoying the gregarious woman behind the supermarket counter, we blame her friendly chatter for delaying the checkout line. And what about us? Who stares back from the mirror each morning? A child of God who is growing daily in his image or someone whose nose is too big or too small, whose hair is in a state of perpetual rebellion, or whose skin is aged and worn?
Today, ask the God who made you to remake your sense of wonder at his creative power.

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Meet the Author

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of Jesus and The One Year Devotions for Women. She is also coauthor of Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann’s fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Website: www.annspangler.com

Blog: www.annspangler.com/category/blog

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Praying the Names of God 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
gbautista72 More than 1 year ago
Good resource to learn some of the many names of God. Good way to spend time getting to know God better & his many characteristics & attributes. It's helpful when one is discouraged, frustrated, weak, feeling lost or lonely. His names mean something & this book helps you see Him & know Him more deeply. Definitely a reader friendly book with lots of scripture references.
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5 Star for the content of the book is very good, but the ebook display is awful!! NO Stars because the font is way too small and the font cannot be adjusted. Don't waste your money on the ebook. I bought this same ebook for the Kindle iPad App and it works perfectly...the font is easily changed to various sizes. It was even offered for free! Shame on B&N for not correcting the font size. I even showed the in-store personnel and they were of no help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this book as part of my daily devotions. It gives me instructive ways to enhance my prayer life. Praying the names of God also allows me to better know my God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book to initiate a Lenten prayers series, and the 'one reading a day' set up of the book was very useful for this. In one way it was difficult to not just read ahead and get it done, but the focus on mindfully reading was very helpful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Spangler explains the many names of God, revealing countless ways that He speaks to us so that we, in turn, may come to know Him in greater depth. The inherent power in the names of God becomes more real as you pray the names, praising and loving Him for who He is. Because I like this book so much, my copy is dog-eared, written in, and generally well-worn.
Marquita Johnson More than 1 year ago
I would really like to purchase this book but tge font is too small. Is there anyway to fix that?
jtd3n1 More than 1 year ago
The other book by Ann Spangler, namely, Praying the Names of Jesus is fine. The print is readable... This book is unreadable even after changing the font to the largest allowed. B&N should be able to fix this Too bad jtd3n1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ebook version of this title does not allow the reader to change font or font size for the majority of each section of the book except the closing questions. The reader is stuck with very small print for the meat of the devotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt you will need a very large magnifying glass.