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

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Day Twenty-Eight: Elohey Avoteynu

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God Of Our Fathers

Have you ever wondered what God was trying to teach us by including genealogies in the Bible? One of the things He wanted us to know is that He had a plan from the very beginning. He wanted us to be able to trace it backwards and forwards. He wanted us to be able to see that the God Of Our Fathers had been leading His people somewhere from the very beginning. When we wonder about our future He wanted us to be able to look back and see that He had left evidence of His faithfulness behind.

Genealogies were important because the Hebrews understood that God’s redemption was a family thing. They believed it was through the physical bloodline of their ancestors, but God had a bigger picture in mind. It was through the spiritual bloodline of faith that God’s plan unfolds. The God Of Our Fathers becomes our Father God when we come to faith in His Son Jesus Christ and are adopted into the family!

Exodus 3:16-17

“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’”

Meditations

Have you taken The God Of Our Fathers, Elohey Avoteynu in Hebrew, and made Him your Father God by completely surrendering to Jesus Christ and being adopted into the family of faith?

Repent of wondering how you would know if God would be there for you in the future instead of looking at the faithfulness of Elohey Avoteynu in the past.
Pray and ask Elohey Avoteynu to show you His plan for intimacy with you throughout His Word.
Listen and think about the promises Elohey Avoteynu made to the nation of Israel when they became His people and what those promises mean for you.
Meditate on how you can be a living example to others that Elohey Avoteynu is still in the business of welcoming people into the family. Who can you lead into the family by your faith, story, or love in action?

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?”

Meditations

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?

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