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

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Day Thirty-Eight: El Hayyay

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God of my Life

In the story of creation, God spoke everything into existence and life. There was one exception: humankind. To create humankind God dug into the ground and molded Him out of the dirt. He leaned in and He breathed into the lungs of the man and he lived. As he opened his eyes for the first time, God’s face was what he saw.

Every single moment God breathes life into our lungs. He never leaves us alone to fend for ourselves. He never sets things in motion and then walks away because He has more important things to do.

Every time your heart beats it is because God told it to. When God created us He gave us the exact characteristics, skills, and personality we would need to do what He was creating us to do. We don’t need to acknowledge and surrender to God for Him to take care of us, but when we do, God’s purposes and plans for us will flourish and we see that He is truly the God of our life.

Genesis 2:7

“Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

Meditations

When have you taken for granted your very existence and thought of yourself as independent of God revealed in scripture as El Hayyay

Repent of not acknowledging that every day and every breath is a gift from El Hayyay because He loves you.
Pray and ask for El Hayyay for greater awareness of His presence in your life.
Listen and think about where El Hayyay wants to take you in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how you should respond.
Meditate and imagine bowing before Jesus, surrendering your life to Him, and letting Him have all authority over you.

Day Thirty-Seven: Jehovah Jireh

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The Lord Will Provide

Jehovah means, “to become known” and infers a sense of unceasingly revealing new things. The name Jehovah Jireh originated on the mountain of Moriah where God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son of promise Isaac, and then, at the last minute, substituted a ram in place of the child. Literally, in Hebrew, it means “The God who sees to it.”

Because we know God sees us and knows what our needs are we can trust that God will see to our needs. It is not the Lord did provide, but it is the Lord will provide. God’s provision comes entirely from His own resources. It is not dependent at all on what we already have. It is not just a multiplication of our resources. God always provides in His way, in His time, from His own source.

Romans 8:32

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Meditations

God is the one who provides all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Repent of fearing God will not provide for your needs.w
Pray and ask Jehovah Jireh for the faith to believe that He can and He will provide for your needs.
Listen and think about how God’s timing might differ from our timing. If God has not answered your needs yet, what might He be teaching you in the waiting period? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal that to you.
Meditate on all the times God has provided for you in the past, thank Him for all His faithfulness.

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