Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Twenty-Two: Or Olam

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Everlasting Light

The sun and the moon are the two brightest sources of natural light in our world. The Bible teaches they are not even close to the light of God, the Everlasting Light. One day God will remove the sun and moon and we will live entirely in His light. Every mention of a prophet seeing the light of God included him “falling down as if dead.” Not only is it bright, but it is pure.

Light and dark are evocative words in Hebrew and the Bible makes clear that they cannot coexist. Darkness does not cover light. Darkness exists. Light dispels it. Light is used metaphorically in the Bible as God’s divine presence, life, salvation, commandments, love, and wisdom.

God’s Everlasting Light is meant not only as a physical manifestation of His presence, but also a description of His character.

Isaiah 60:19

“The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”

Meditations

When have you felt as if the Everlasting Light of God, Or Olam in Hebrew, was being covered by the chaos of darkness?

Repent of sometimes thinking that the light of Or Olam is like natural light in our world—present at times and absent at others.
Pray and ask Or Olam to shine His light into the scary dark places in your life or your heart.
Listen and think about what it means that you carry the light of Or Olam in you. What must darkness do in your presence?
Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit where He would like you to carry the light that is inside you. Who needs to see Or Olam through the way you live your life?

Day Twenty-One: El Ha­Kavod

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God of Glory

Glory is defined in English as “high renown or honor.” And certainly the God of Glory deserves our praise and honor! But the Hebrew word kavod evokes a hand on the door of a house. It signifies that kavod is the most important part of something. It is also the pathway in and out. Kavod also depicts weightiness and abundance.

We can infer, then, that when we are showing God glory we are making Him the most important part of our lives. Making His portion of everything we have (our heart, our day, our attention) the biggest. We give God glory by putting Him first!

Psalm 29:3-4

“The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The LORD, over many waters.”

Meditations

El H-Kavod is worthy of every bit of glory we could give Him and more!

Repent of giving El HaKavod anything but the best that you have.
Pray and ask the El HaKavod what it looks like practically for you to give Him glory in your day-to-day life?
Listen and think about the goodness and wisdom of El HaKavod. Where do you think He leads you when you give Him His rightful glory?
Meditate on what it would look like to make El Ha­Kavod the most important part of your life, putting everything underneath Him.

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