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

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Day Twenty-Seven: Immanu El

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God With Us

Immanu El literally means “With Us Is God”. This is more than just the name for Jesus or a prophecy of Isaiah that the Messiah would come and set their present (and future) misery right. This name is a promise for God’s people from the time God called Abram. God faithfully reminded every generation that He was with them.

God has always wanted to dwell in and among His people since He redeemed them from Egypt. Throughout the Old Testament we see God longing for relationship with His people. In the New Testament, we see Jesus take on flesh and walk among us. He laid down His life for us because that was the penalty for our sin. He willingly bore the wrath of God and broke down the separation that existed between us and Him.

Deuteronomy 4:7

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to Him?”


When has God, revealed as Immanu El in scripture, shown you that He is with you?

Repent of living as if there are times when God has left us on our own.
Pray and ask Immanu El to reveal to you where He was during those times when you thought He had abandoned you.
Listen and think about what needs to change in you so that you can live your life knowing Immanu El is with you at all times.
Meditate Meditate on what it means that God is always with you. How can conscious awareness of God’s presence make a difference in your life?

Day Twenty-Six: El Ro­I

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The God Who Sees

Hagar was a young runaway slave girl who Sarai gave to her husband Abram to be her surrogate since she did not believe she could conceive the child God promised. Once Hagar conceived, jealousy reared up in Sarai and pride got the best of Hagar.

Abram took no responsibility for either and Sarai sent Hagar away.

In the desert Hagar met God for the first time. She was alone, abused, desperate, abandoned, betrayed, used, discarded, and hopeless. Her mistakes lay behind her. She carried her shame within her. The future seemed unbearable. And then there was The God Who Sees. Even if no one else cared about her, God saw her and cared for her and her baby.

If you are going through a trial, if you are feeling lonely or distressed, if you think no one cares or knows how you feel, if you think no one understands what you have been through, you can be sure The God Who Sees has never once taken His eyes off you. He attentively watches all His children at all times. We need not muster up the strength to pull ourselves together and present ourselves to Him. He is already there caring for you in your pain, and He has already come to your rescue.

Genesis 16:13

“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’”


Have you ever experienced El RoI, The God Who Sees, in your darkest moments or your moments of greatest fear?

Repent of ever thinking you are too hopeless for even El RoI to care about.
Pray and ask El RoI to reveal where He is in the midst of your current pain, or pain you have experienced in the past.
Listen and think about what it means that, no matter what happens to you, El RoI is near to the broken hearted. He will never abandon you. He knows you, loves you, and cares about every hurt and every tear.
Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit how you can become more like El RoI to those around you. Ask Him to help you see others the way He sees them.

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