There is power in the names of God.
Below is a craft work that was given us as a present listing the names of God and their respective meanings:
In many cultures the names that people are given at birth carry significance. My name, Dermot, has its origins in Irish mythology and literally means “without envy”. (I would love to say that this describes me perfectly but sadly no!). There are numerous biblical names which carry meaning and here are just a few:
- Abiathar – “my father abounds,” or “my father excels”.
- Abigail- “my father is joy”.
- Abraham- “father of many”. Originally named Abram meaning “many, multitude” but God changed it!
- Bathsheba- “daughter of the oath”.
- Daniel-“God is my judge”.
- Eleazer-“My God has helped”.
- Elisha-“My God is salvation.”
- Ezekiel-“God will strengthen.”
- Gabriel-“God is my strong man.”
Our God has many names which describe his character and personality. Listen to the video clip below:
Today let’s honour God and declare the truth of His names over our lives as we pray:
‘Everlasting and mighty God, who was, and is and is to come, creator and upholder of our lives we worship you. We thank you that you are always present and accessible to us even when we don’t feel it. You are the bringer of peace and righteousness. You are our good shepherd who restores our soul. You are the one who heals and rescues us from every physical and mental illness. You make us holy like you through the indwelling of your Holy Spirit. You are all knowing, all powerful and ever present. You provide for our every need even when we don’t know what it is. You are a banner over our lives. You are the rock of our salvation and the source of our lives. We thank you that you are our heavenly father who loves us. We thank you Lord Jesus, our saviour, for dying on the cross so that we can come into an eternal relationship with Father God. Through your Holy Spirit we cry out Abba Father, we love you.’
In the book of Ruth, Naomi the Israelite is so grief-stricken through the loss of her husband and two sons that when she returns to her home-town Bethlehem, she no longer wants to be called Naomi (meaning ‘my pleasantness’). She insists on being called Mara (meaning ‘bitter’) because she claims that the all-sufficient God has dealt her a devastating blow! (Ruth 1:20-21). Her grief leads to bitterness toward God. However, God mercifully provides a son for the heirless family of Elimelek through the guardian-redeemer Boaz. Amazingly the genealogy of Jesus mentions Boaz. (Matthew 1: 5). Through Naomi’s suffering and grief was ultimately born the hope for all nations. How great is God.
- Let’s pray for those who are experiencing sadness or illness that they would be comforted and healed in the powerful name of Jesus.
- Let’s pray and support those in need, particularly within our church family, that they would personally know Yahweh-Yireh the Lord who provides.
- Let’s pray that governments will be generous in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines to the poorer nations.