A Prayerful Journey
In Scripture a person’s name often symbolizes his/her character, ability, mission — especially when God gives the name to them.
Proverbs 18:10 says, ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” It’s a familiar verse, but we often don’t talk about the contrasting verse right after it: “A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.” The righteous man puts his security in the name of the Lord who is perfect and eternal, but the rich man puts his security in his wealth which is a partial and temporary hope.
In a world that often feels chaotic and fear-filled, the names of the Lord can guide us by revealing different key aspects of Himself in His character, ability, and mission with His people.
God’s name (character, ability, mission, etc.) is always the same. He is fully trustworthy, always powerful, forever loving, and constantly present with us. Studying what God says about Himself in His Word helps us understand His very nature and character even more. – ibelieve.com
God’s name is not an “abracadabra”, though. Merely saying aloud “Jehovah Jirah” does not automatically bring His provision. For His name has no magical properties for unbelievers or the unrepentant. It is the God by Whose name men know Him that is meant. It is the LORD Himself, with all His glorious attributes and perfections, that is meant. He is the living and true God, Creator of heaven and earth, Father of the fatherless, and Judge of the widow. Yes, it is that God. His name is the LORD. – letgodbetrue.com
In Exodus 3, God speaks to Moses and tells him to go back to Egypt to bring his people out of slavery. Listen to how He describes Himself. Verses 13-15 tell us that “Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
Psalm 9:10 – “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
Let the names of God guide you by what He reveals about His character, ability, and mission with His people.
A Few Names He Calls Himself
Names of God Prayer Stations
We must not only study God’s names to teach others about Him, we must study His names to cultivate prayer among the Body of Christ. Whatever He calls Himself, He always is and does perfectly. His name reflects something He does with his people, and those truths must guide and encourage our prayers.
Ask a few ladies to choose some of the names of God in the Word and research the following.
- The meaning of a specific name of God
- Multiple examples in scripture where that name is used
- The contexts in which that name is used
- The frequency by which the name occurs in scripture for emphasis
- “Where in your life has God revealed Himself by the character, ability, and mission of that name?
- Then pray that God would reveal Himself for your present or future needs, so you and others can rest in who He says He is.
Create Prayer Stations with the names of God at each. Ladies can go as groups or individually to pray in the way(s) the speakers have modeled. His name will guide them.
Create several map rotations to the stations so that ladies will head in different
directions and they won’t all be in the same place at the same time.
Check out the pamphlet from hendricksonrose.com
There are many names for God given in the Old Testament, and each has a special blessing for us. Elohim means The All-Powerful One. El Shaddai means The All Sufficient One. Jehovah-Raphameans The Lord Who Heals. This chart shows 21 Old Testament names of God, gives the definition, a scripture reference, and shows how to apply it to our lives today. This full-color glossy, 12-panel pamphlet is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and unfolds to 33″ long. It also fits inside most Bible covers.
A great tool to share with your ladies.
The Lord’s Prayer Stations
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer as as an example of how to pray. It begins with a name for Himself….Hallowed or Holy. John Piper says this:
“There is something unique about the first petition, “Hallowed be your name.” It’s not just one of three. In this petition, we hear the one specific subjective response of the human heart that God expects us to give — the hallowing, reverencing, honoring, esteeming, admiring, valuing, treasuring of God’s name above all things. None of the other five requests tells us to pray for a specific human response of the heart.”
Create prayer stations that will engage your ladies with each part of the Lord’s Prayer. It will help them go deeper than just reciting the words. Biblical prayer is a heart-level talk with our heavenly Father, listening to Him and responding accordingly.
Check out The Lord’s Prayer Stations for more ideas.