Words that change our hearts and the world! Part 2
Prayer is simply having a conversation with not only your loving heavenly Father but also with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the ruler of all time and space, He is the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present God, and He among other titles is the Almighty God.
I mentioned last week, “seven days without prayer makes one weak”
Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
He stands in the gap for the whole nation and one man is able through standing the gap to save the nation.
Prayer is a constant reminder that God is with us!
1) Get to a quiet, undistracted place
Moses went into the tabernacle to talk with God Exodus 33:8
Jesus would go away alone Mark 1:35
Jacob met Him in the wilderness Genesis 28
We need to give Him our undivided attention so we are able to hear him clearly
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
2) Know who you are talking to
He is the God who loves you with an everlasting love Jeremiah 31:3
He is the God Almighty Exodus 6:22
He will never leave you nor forsake you Deuteronomy 31:6
When you are praying you are talking to the one who loves you the most, is almighty, and will always be with you!
3) Schedule a time to pray…
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
We schedule whatever is a priority to us and talking with God needs to be a priority
4) Create a prayer list
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
Use your phone or a pad or something to keep a list to keep focused and organized.
5) Pray specifically
“Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him”
It is also an acknowledgment on our part that we are truly care about specific individuals and things revealing that our heart is growing to be like the Father’s heart.
6) It is best many times to pray out loud
I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.
And a very obvious verse from Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
when you pray out loud it forces you to focus on what you are saying sometimes when we pray silently it is easy for our minds to wander
7) Prayer is about listening to God as well, part of conversation is not just talking but listening as well
Jesus said in John 10:27
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
God spoke to Jeremiah and said
And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer,
Proverbs warns us
18:13 “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”
Please remember prayer is simply conversation with God
– He wants to spend time with you,
– He wants you to know Him better,
– He wants you to be at peace
Prayer times for our nation beginning October 17th at 6PM
We are always open to praying for you
Addition notes so you know God as you speak with him
Names of God
ELOHIM” (or Elohay) is the first name for God found in the Bible, and it’s used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. Elohim comes from the Hebrew root meaning “strength” or “power”, and has the unusual characteristic of being plural in form. In Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.” Right from the start, this plural form for the name of God is used to describe the One God, a mystery that is uncovered throughout the rest of the Bible. Throughout scripture, Elohim is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples:
– Elohay Kedem – God of the Beginning: (Deuteronomy 33:27).
– Elohay Mishpat – God Of Justice: (Isaiah 30:18).
– Elohay Selichot – God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17).
– Elohay Marom – God Of Heights: (Micah 6:6).
– Elohay Mikarov – God Who Is Near: (Jeremiah 23:23).
– Elohay Mauzi – God Of My Strength: (Psalm 43:2).
– Elohay Tehilati – God Of My Praise: (Psalm 109:1).
– Elohay Yishi – God Of My Salvation: (Psalm 18:46).
– Elohim Kedoshim – Holy God: (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19).
– Elohim Chaiyim – Living God: (Jeremiah 10:10).
– Elohay Elohim – God Of Gods: (Deuteronomy 10:17).
“EL” is another name used for God in the Bible, showing up about 200 times in the Old Testament. El is the simple form arising from Elohim, and is often combined with other words for descriptive emphasis. Some examples:
– El HaNe’eman – The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 7:9).
– El HaGadol – The Great God: (Deuteronomy 10:17).
– El HaKadosh – The Holy God: (Isaiah 5:16).
– El Yisrael – The God Of Israel: (Psalm 68:35).
– El HaShamayim – The God Of The Heavens: (Psalm 136:26).
– El De’ot – The God Of Knowledge: (1 Samuel 2:3).
– El Emet – The God Of Truth: (Psalm 31:6).
– El Yeshuati – The God Of My Salvation: (Isaiah 12:2).
– El Elyon – The Most High God: (Genesis 14:18).
– Immanu El – God Is With Us: (Isaiah 7:14).
– El Olam – The God Of Eternity (Genesis 21:33).
– El Echad – The One God: (Malachi 2:10).
“ELAH” is another name for God, used about 70 times in the Old Testament. Again, when combined with other words, we see different attributes of God. Some examples:
– Elah Yerush’lem – God of Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:19).
– Elah Yisrael – God of Israel: (Ezra 5:1).
– Elah Sh’maya – God of Heaven: (Ezra 7:23).
– Elah Sh’maya V’Arah – God of Heaven and Earth: (Ezra 5:11).
“YHWH” is the Hebrew word that translates as “LORD”. Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the “Tetragrammaton,” meaning the “The Four Letters”. YHWH comes from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you… this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled for all generations'” (Exodus 3:14-15).
Therefore, YHWH declares God’s absolute being – the source of everything, without beginning and without end. Although some pronounce YHWH as “Yaweh,” scholars really don’t know the proper pronunciation. The Jews stopped pronouncing this name by about 200 A.D., out of fear of breaking the commandment “You shall not take the name of YHWH your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). (Today’s rabbis typically use “Adonai” in place of YHWH.)
Here are some examples of YHWH used in scripture:
– YHWH Elohim – LORD God: (Genesis 2:4).
– YHWH M’kadesh – The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28).
–YHWH Yireh – The LORD Who Sees/provides: (Genesis 22:14).
– YHWH Nissi – The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15).
– YHWH Shalom – The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24).
– YHWH Tzidkaynu – The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16).
– YHWH O’saynu – The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6).
Names of God: The Lord Revealed in YHWH is the Lord Revealed in Jesus
The LORD who revealed Himself as YHWH in the Old Testament is revealed as Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus shares the same attributes as YHWH and clearly claims to be YHWH.
– In John 8:56-59, Jesus presents himself as the “I AM.” When challenged by some Jewish leaders regarding His claim of seeing Abraham (who lived some 2000 years earlier), Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” Those Jewish leaders understood that Jesus was claiming to be YHWH. This is clearly established when they tried to stone Him to death for what they considered blasphemy under Jewish Law.
– In Romans 10:9, Paul declares, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as LORD… you shall be saved.”
– Immediately, in Romans 10:13, Paul backs up this declaration by quoting the Old Testament, “Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD (YHWH) will be saved” (Joel 2:32).
– Calling on Jesus as Lord is the same as calling Him YHWH, because Jesus is YHWH (LORD), the Messiah foretold throughout the entire Old Testament.
This is a light list of the names of God. The Bible gives us various names of God that reveal His nature and character to us so we might have a better understanding who he is!