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

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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.’”

Meditations

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.

Day Twenty-Five: Elohey Tehillati

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God Of Our Praise

God invites us to respond to who He is by giving Him praise. The root word for praise is hallel (“Hallelujah” literally means “Praise God!”) and it connotes taking delight in the superior qualities or acts of another. When we take delight in the splendor of God we are allowing him to be the God Of Our Praise.

It’s easy to let praise be disconnected and habitual. We have forgotten how and why we praise God. Many of us have forgotten what it is like to let our spirits soar in delight up to His. We are often caught up in what others might think if we are “doing it right”, or watching others. The Bible tells us all of nature praises God. The purest form of praise we can offer is like that of nature: to be exactly who God created us to be.

1 Chronicles 16:25

“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be feared above all gods.”

Meditations

When you think of Elohey Tehillati, the God Of Our Praise, what comes to mind? What sort of response does that create in you?

Repent of giving Elohey Tehillati restrained habitual praise instead of the soul deep worship He deserves.
Pray and ask Elohey Tehillati how you were created to worship Him..
Listen and think about who you really are as the child of God. What is your unique God-given purpose that only you were created to do?
Meditate on how you can allow the Holy Spirit to teach you to praise Elohey Tehillati exactly the way you were created to.

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