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Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide

Ann Spangler

Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide

Ann Spangler

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This devotional guide focuses on the various names and titles of God, ones that reveal him as our Creator, our King, the Ancient of Days, our Rock, our Refuge, our Fortress. El Shaddai, Elohim, Adonai, El Roi, El Elyon, Yahweh, Abba are just some of the names that can lead us into deeper prayer and a more confident knowledge of the character and nature of God.

- Publisher Praying the Names of GodCopyright 2004 by Ann SpanglerRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataSpangler, Ann.Praying the names of God : a devotional guide / Ann Spangler.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN 0-310-25353-5 (hardcover)1. God-Name-Meditations. 2. Devotional calendars. I. Title.BT180.N2S58 2004231-dc222004011827 CIPThis edition printed on acid-free paper.All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: NewInternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Other Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible,copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council ofChurches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rightsreserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource toyou. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the partof Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1GOD, MIGHTY CREATORELOHIMThe NameElohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very firstsentence of the Bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember thathe is the one who began it all, creating the heavens and the earth andseparating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day.This ancient name for God contains the idea of God''s creative poweras well as his authority and sovereignty. Jesus used a form of the namein his agonized prayer from the cross. About the ninth hour Jesuscried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-whichmeans, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"Key ScriptureIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)MondayGOD REVEALS HIS NAMEIn the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, theearth 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 Godsaid, "Let there be light." God called the light Day, and the darknesshe 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, andlet it separate the waters from the waters." God called the dome Sky.And God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gatheredtogether into one place, and let the dry land appear." God calledthe dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together hecalled Seas. Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation:plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bearfruit with the seed in it."And God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky toseparate 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 ofevery kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earthof every kind."Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, accordingto our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of thesea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over allthe wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing thatcreeps 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 multip

- Publisher Praying the Names of God Copyright 2004 by Ann Spangler Requests for information should be addressed to: 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) 1. God-Name-Meditations. 2. Devotional calendars. I. Title. BT180.N2S58 2004 231-dc22 2004011827 CIP This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Other Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 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

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This devotional guide focuses on the various names and titles of God, ones that reveal him as our Creator, our King, the Ancient of Days, our Rock, our Refuge, our Fortress. El Shaddai, Elohim, Adonai, El Roi, El Elyon, Yahweh, Abba are just some of the names that can lead us into deeper prayer and a more confident knowledge of the character and nature of God.
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Praying the Names of GodCopyright 2004 by Ann SpanglerRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataSpangler, Ann.Praying the names of God : a devotional guide / Ann Spangler.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN 0-310-25353-5 (hardcover)1. God-Name-Meditations. 2. Devotional calendars. I. Title.BT180.N2S58 2004231-dc222004011827 CIPThis edition printed on acid-free paper.All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: NewInternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Other Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible,copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council ofChurches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rightsreserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource toyou. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the partof Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1GOD, MIGHTY CREATORELOHIMThe NameElohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very firstsentence of the Bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember thathe is the one who began it all, creating the heavens and the earth andseparating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day.This ancient name for God contains the idea of God''s creative poweras well as his authority and sovereignty. Jesus used a form of the namein his agonized prayer from the cross. About the ninth hour Jesuscried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-whichmeans, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"Key ScriptureIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)MondayGOD REVEALS HIS NAMEIn the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, theearth 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 Godsaid, "Let there be light." God called the light Day, and the darknesshe 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, andlet it separate the waters from the waters." God called the dome Sky.And God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gatheredtogether into one place, and let the dry land appear." God calledthe dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together hecalled Seas. Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation:plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bearfruit with the seed in it."And God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky toseparate 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 ofevery kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earthof every kind."Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, accordingto our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of thesea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over allthe wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing thatcreeps 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 multip
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Praying the Names of God Copyright 2004 by Ann Spangler Requests for information should be addressed to: 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) 1. God-Name-Meditations. 2. Devotional calendars. I. Title. BT180.N2S58 2004 231-dc22 2004011827 CIP This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Other Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /?DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 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
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Meet the Author

Ann Spangler

Ann Spangler is the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Women of the Bible (with Jean Syswerda). An award-winning author, Ann's books appeal to a broad spectrum of readers interested in honestly exploring the connection between spiritual experience and everyday life. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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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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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