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Praying The Names of God Almighty and His Attributes

  • God is Jehovah. The name of independent being—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to Jehovah God. As we consider His greatness, we fall down in fear and awe of this One who possesses all authority.  (Exodus 3:13-15)
  • God is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh. This name means “the God who sanctifies.” A God separate from all that is evil requires that the people who follow Him be cleansed from all evil.  (Leviticus 20:7,8)
  • God is infinite. We cannot speak of measure, amount, size, or weight and at the same time be speaking of God, for He is beyond measurement. God has no beginning, no end, and no limits.  (Romans 11:33)
  • God is omnipotent. God has power. Since God is also infinite, whatever He has must be without limit; therefore, God has limitless power.  (Jeremiah 32:17,18, 26,27)
  • God is good. The goodness of God is what disposes Him to be kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation.  (Psalm 119:65-72)
  • God is love. God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to bring us into fellowship with Him. God’s love not only encompasses the world, but embraces each of us personally and intimately.  (1 John 4:7-10)
  • God is Jehovah-Jireh.  This name means “the God who provides.” Just as He provided yesterday, He will provide tomorrow. He grants deliverance from sin, the oil of joy for the ashes of sorrow, and eternal citizenship in His Kingdom.  (Genesis 22:9-14)
  • God is Jehovah-Shalom. This name means “the God of peace.” God could never give to others a peace that exceeds understanding if He Himself were not perfect, unfailing peace.  (Judges 6:16-24)
  • God is immutable.  All that God is, He has always been. All that He has been and is, He will ever be. He cannot change because He is perfect and will remain perfect.  (Psalm 102:25-28)
  •  God is transcendent. We must not think of God as highest in an order of beings.   This would be to grant Him eminence, even pre-eminence, but this is not enough. He is transcendent—existing beyond the created universe.   (Psalm 113:4,5)
  • God is just.  God rules with absolute justice. Not fooled by appearances, God is   fair, equitable, and impartial in all of His judgments.  (Psalm 75:1-7)
  • God is holy.  God’s holiness is not simply the best we know made infinitely better. God is absolutely untainted. His holiness stands apart—unique and incomprehensible.  (Revelation 4:8-11)
  • God is Jehovah-Rophe.  This name means “Jehovah heals.” God alone has the remedy for the healing of mankind. The Gospel is concerned with the physical, moral, and spiritual healing of all people.  (Exodus 15:22-26)
  • God is self-sufficient.  He is the One who contains all, who gives all that is  given, but who Himself can receive nothing that He has not first given.  (Acts  17:24-28)
  • God is omniscient.  God knows all that can be known. His knowledge includes  every possible thing that exists, has ever existed, or will ever exist.  (Psalm 139:1-6)
  • God is omnipresent.  God is everywhere—close to everything, next to everyone.  “’Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”   (Psalm 139:7-12)
  • God is merciful.  God’s compassion is infinite and inexhaustible. In the mercy  of  His provision in Christ, He took upon Himself the judgment that was due us.  He waits and works now for all people everywhere to turn to Him, not wanting  any to be lost.   (Deuteronomy 4:29-31)
  • God is sovereign.  God is in control of our lives. His sovereignty is the attribute  by which He rules His entire creation. To be sovereign, God must be all-knowing  and all-powerful.   (1 Chronicles 29:11-13)
  • God is Jehovah-Nissi. This name means “God our banner.” We may go from tri- umph to triumph and say, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through  our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).   (Exodus 17:8-15)
  • God is wise.  All God’s acts are done in infinite wisdom. He always acts for our  good, which is to conform us to Christ. Our good and His glory are inextricably  bound together.   (Proverbs 3:19,20)
  • God is faithful. Our hope for the future rests upon God’s faithfulness. Because  He is faithful, His covenants will stand and His promises will be honored.   (Psalm 89:1-8)
  • God is wrathful.  God’s wrath is never capricious, self-indulgent, or irritable, as  human anger often is. Instead, it is a right and necessary reaction to objective  moral evil.  (Nahum 1:2-8)
  • God is full of grace.  Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to  grant merit where it is undeserved and to forgive debt that cannot be repaid.   (Ephesians 1:5-8)
  • God is our Comforter.  Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Comforter.” Paul writes  that the Lord is “the God of all comfort.”  (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
  • God is El-Shaddai.  This name means “God Almighty.” It is best understood as  God who is all-sufficient and all-bountiful—the source of all blessings, fullness,  and fruitfulness.  (Genesis 49:22-26)
  • God is Father. The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us as if we are  the only child He has. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9). The  Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” as in the intimacy of the family.  Romans 8:15-17 God is the Church’s head. God the Son, Jesus, is the head of  the Church. The head—as the part of the body that sees, hears, thinks, and de cides—gives the orders that the rest of the body lives by.  (Ephesians 1:22,23)
  • God is our intercessor. Knowing our temptations, God the Son intercedes for  us. He opens the doors for us to boldly ask Him for mercy. Thus, God is both the  starting point and ending point of true prayer.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • God is Adonai. This name means “Master” or “Lord.” God as Adonai calls all  God’s people to acknowledge themselves as His servants, recognizing His right  to command them as the Lord of their lives. (2 Samuel 7:18-20)
  • God is Elohim. This name means “Strength” or “Power.” He is transcendent,  mighty, and strong. Elohim is the great name of God, signifying supreme power,  sovereignty, and a covenant relationship that He is ever faithful to keep.  (Genesis 17:7,8)
  • God is Jehovah -Rohi.  This name means “Shepherd.”  God protects his children  as we read in the psalms, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall  not want.”   (Psalm 23)
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