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A twenty-six-week devotional study by the bestselling coauthor of Women of the Bible

Names in the ancient world did more than simply distinguish one person from another, they often conveyed the essential nature and character of a person. This is especially true when it comes to the names of God recorded in the Bible. Praying the Names of God explores the primary names and titles of God in the Old Testament to reveal the deeper meanings behind ...

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Overview

A twenty-six-week devotional study by the bestselling coauthor of Women of the Bible

Names in the ancient world did more than simply distinguish one person from another, they often conveyed the essential nature and character of a person. This is especially true when it comes to the names of God recorded in the Bible. Praying the Names of God explores the primary names and titles of God in the Old Testament to reveal the deeper meanings behind them.

El Shadday, Elohim, Adonay, Abba, El Elyon---God Almighty, Mighty Creator, Lord, Father, God Most High---these are just a few of the names and titles of God that yield rich insights into his nature and character. Praying the Names of God shows readers how to study and pray God’s names by focusing each week on one of the primary names or titles of God.

* Monday---readers study a portion of Scripture that reveals the name.
* Tuesday–Thursday---readers pray specific Scripture passages related to the name.
* Friday---readers pray Scripture promises connected to the name.

By incorporating the divine names and titles into their prayers---and learning about the biblical context in which the name was revealed---readers will gain a more intimate understanding of who God is and how he can be relied on in every circumstance of their lives.

Praying the Names of God is a unique devotional, one that offers a rich program of daily prayer and study designed to lead people into fresh encounters with the living God.

The book is also available as an Abridged Audio Pages CD.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310253532
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 160,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Spangler is the award-winning author of several best-selling books, including Women of the Bible (with Jean Syswerda), Praying the Names of God, and Praying the Names of Jesus. She is also the general editor of The Names of God Bible., Her latest book is Praying the Attributes of God. Together her books have sold millions of copies. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. www.annspangler.com
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Praying the Names of God
Copyright © 2004 by Ann Spangler
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Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Spangler, Ann.
Praying the names of God : a devotional guide / Ann Spangler.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0-310-25353-5 (hardcover)
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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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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Pronunciation Guide to the Names of God 9
Introduction 11
1. GOD, MIGHTY CREATOR - ELOHIM 15
2. THE GODWHO SEESME - EL ROI 27
3. GOD ALMIGHTY - EL SHADDAY 40
4. THE EVERLASTING GOD OR THE ETERNAL GOD - EL OLAM 51
5. THE LORDWILL PROVIDE - YAHWEH YIREH 62
6. LORD - YAHWEH 74
7. LORD, MASTER - ADONAY 88
8. THE LORDWHO HEALS - YAHWEH ROPHE 98
9. THE LORDMY BANNER - YAHWEHNISSI 109
10. CONSUMING FIRE, JEALOUS GOD ESH OKLAH, EL KANNA- 120
11. HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL - QEDOSH YISRAEL 133
12. THE LORD IS PEACE - YAHWEH SHALOM 146
13. THE LORD OF HOSTS - YAHWEH TSEBAOTH 158
14. THE LORDMY ROCK - YAHWEH TSURI 171
15. THE LORD ISMY SHEPHERD - YAHWEH ROI 182
16. THE NAME - HASHEM 193
17. KING - MELEK 205
18. HUSBAND - ISH 217
19. LIVING GOD - EL CHAY 228
20. DWELLING PLACE, REFUGE, SHIELD, FORTRESS, STRONG TOWER -
MAON, MACHSEH, MAGEN, METSUDA, MIGDAL-OZ - 241
21. JUDGE - SHOPHET 256
22. HOPE OF ISRAEL - MIQWEH YISRAEL 267
23. THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS- 280
YAHWEH TSIDQENU
24. GODMOST HIGH - EL ELYON 292
25. THE LORD IS THERE - YAHWEH SHAMMAH 304
26. FATHER - AB, ABBA, PATER 317
Source Notes 331
Selected Bibliography 335
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First Chapter

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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    5 Star for the content of the book is very good, but the ebook display is awful!!
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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Wonderful!

    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.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Interesting tidbits found

    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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    Please fix the font issue

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    Font way tooooo small

    The other book by Ann Spangler, namely, Praying the Names of Jesus is fine. The print is readable...
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    Buy as a print book, not an ebook

    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.

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    Educational and Inspirational

    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.

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