To finish off our Praying God's Names series... let us end with a renewed focus on all that our great Father is. We have learned and praised Him, begged Him, honored Him over this summer. Now let us commit to Him as never before!Read More
Jehovah TsidkenuThe Lord Our Righteousness
The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. But you, oh Lord, have kept your covenant with us. Sacrifices offered cannot change the heart or make us acceptable to you, only you can do that.
You saw our failure and sent judgment. You are Jehovah Tsidkenu and in you there is hope. In your name are righteousness and the promise of grace.
In your grace we receive a new heart. We can be right with you. We can be more than good. We can be made straight. We can be what you say is right and good. We can live according to your standard.
You write your law in our heart, our innermost being. You forgive our wickedness and forget our sin. You remove our heart of stone and turn us to you. You give us a new heart and your Spirit to live within us. You enable us to walk with you, to follow your statutes and obey your laws.
You, Our Righteousness, gather us to you. You attend to us. You give us wise and able spiritual leaders. You take away all fear. You give us Jesus, who is the Righteous Branch, our Messiah. He is wisdom and justice. He will reign on the throne of David as King forever.
Though Jesus was made sin for us, by believing in Him we are made righteous in your sight. We are given a heart not made of stone. We have a new master. We are cleansed by believing in Him. By receiving Jesus, we are made right with you.
The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked but you are our Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord Our Righteousness.
By Karen Guthrie January 7, 2009
Jehovah-Nissi I Am Your Banner
Christian friends, we are in warfare; we are called to be soldiers. Our enemy has not flesh & blood, but is the spirit of unrighteousness manifested by Lucifer and his followers.
You, Jehovah-Nissi, are our ensign at the head of our line. You show us the way. You are our rallying point. You shine in the sun so we can see you, come to you, follow you.
Just as a standard goes before the army, you went before me. You fought the battle. You won. You are victory. As Moses raised his staff, Joshua & the Israelites prevailed in battle. Jesus was raised up on the cross for us to prevail in our battle. We war against a world that shows no fear or any respect for our God. You lead me to do what is right, what is good, what is holy.
My battle begins within myself. I fight against my selfishness, my rebellion, my pride, my hypocrisy. These sins, and others, must be conquered. I can’t do this on my own, but through your Holy Spirit enabling me, I win the battle. You are the Way to victory. Only you can win the war. You have won it already.
Let me come after you in that last battle when you descend from heaven with eyes blazing fire. Let me ride with you in that battle when you wear your crowns & white robe dipped in blood. Let me ride with you when you are called Faithful & True and your name is the Word of God. Let me ride with you, and the armies of heaven, dressed in fine white linen. Let me ride with you in that battle when from your mouth comes a sharp sword, when you rule & reign, when you tread the winepress of wrath and on your robe is written King of Kings & Lord of Lords.
You, Jehovah-Nissi, go before us to make war. You capture the Evil One and all his followers. You bind him & hold him captive. You destroy him. You show me the way to go. You shine before me high & lifted up. May I share victory with you as I follow you. For you, Oh Lord, are Jehovah-Nissi – my I Am Your Banner.
By Karen Guthrie November 29, 2008
JEHOVAH The Self-Existent One
You said to Moses, “I am that I am.” You have always been. You are now. You will always be. You are the Alpha & Omega. You are just in all things. You are righteous, compassionate & gracious. You are slow to anger & quick to forgive when asked. You punish evil. You abound in loving kindness. You are truth. You are love. You are life. All life is in You. You are Jehovah – the One who is. You are three in one: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. You are the keeper of your promises. You fulfill your covenant.
All I need is you, for you are Jehovah Who was & is & will be.
By Karen Guthrie November 1, 2008
To AdonaiLord of Lords, King of Kings – Master
I give my heart to you. I give my will to you. My ego, my emotions my body, my wants and desires I give to you. You are my owner and I am your slave.
Ask anything of me and I will do it for You provide the means to complete the task. I trust in you.
Each day I will empty my heart to you that I may hear your voice and obey you.
I honor you. I give you reign over my life, my marriage, my home, my family. They belong to you and I only have them for awhile.
I pray you use me to do your will. Create in me a servant’s heart ready to do whatever needs doing. By doing, by serving others, I serve you.
I don’t want these ink marks on paper to be empty words; sounds in the air with no heart or meat. I truly desire to serve you – to do your will – to do the next task before me. You know the intentions of my heart. You know how deep or shallow my commitment to you runs; how easily I am distracted by the cares of the day.
So I ask you to forgive me for careless words and actions. Cleanse me & refresh me. Make me holy & righteous before you. Love me and care for me even when I am slow to understand, rebellious or stubborn.
Only you have a right to me. As a person, a wife, a mother or grandmother, I belong to you! You fight my battles for me! You give me victory! You care for me!
May these written words be the truth in my life.
Karen Guthrie November 1, 2008
ADONAI Ruler – Master
Adonai, Ruler of the universe, King of all Kings, you rule & reign over all creation.
Lord of lords, your lovingkindness is everlasting.
You decide what I must do, & how to do it. You provide the tools I need. You, a good master, know my talents and give me work using my abilities. You take care of me, for I am yours. I have no life of my own, but only live to do your bidding. I belong to you; I give my heart to you because you bought me with your sacrifice.
I bow before you, Oh Lord. You are my master; I am your slave. In everything you ask of me, you provide all I need to complete the task. You enable me through your Spirit. Your yoke is easy and your burden is light.
You came as a servant to show me how to serve. You loved me first, so I would know how to love. The desire of my heart is to know you, to hear you, to worship you, to obey you, to serve you. I long to hear you welcome me to heaven saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
You will come again, with a shout and the trumpet, to call us home to be with you. The whole earth will see you come and every knee will bow, every tongue will confess you are Lord -- Adonai. You, Oh Lord, triumph over evil and defeat wickedness. You will bind Satan, the evil one, and reign as King of Kings for a thousand years of peace on the earth. You will cast Satan into the bottomless pit and rule forever & ever in Heaven from beside the right hand of the Father.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus, my Adonai.
EL SHADDAI – Almighty GodThe All Sufficient One
"Hallelujah! For Our Lord God Almighty Reigns” – Rev. 19:6
Your power comes not from violence, but from all bountifulness. You pour yourself out for me; you pour out blessings on me. You gave your son for me. You give yourself, your very nature, to me. You breathe life to me.
I abide (rest) in you, and you abide (dwell) in me. You mould me to your pleasure that I may be used to bless others. I give up all of me that I may be full of you. Your power is demonstrated in my weakness and I say with Paul, “When I am weak, then am I strong”.
You restore my soul. You are my delight. I stand in awe of you. You are holy & righteous; your judgments are pure & just. You do no wrong; there is no evil in you
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!” – Rev. 4:8.
Before anything was, you are. You hear me when I seek you. You are my understanding. You are my wisdom. You answer my prayers according to the motives of my heart.
You discern & know my heart’s cry. You are the unconditional lover of my soul. Your name is above every name. You, El Shaddai, are all I need. You, El Shaddai, are my All Sufficient One.
El Roi watches over His word to see that it is fulfilled: His word that created the universe including mankind; including me.El Roi saw me in my mother’s womb. He saw me come to Jesus as a child. He saw me thru the teenage years when I didn’t follow Him. He watched me become a woman, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. El Roi watched over me as we moved away from family and friends and began life in a new place. El Roi sees my children and grandchildren. He watches over them, cares for them, and loves them as they grow. He knows their hearts. El Roi is with my husband as he drives across the nation. He is aware of all the dangers and troubles he faces. He also sees my dear one as he learns, praises and worships in the solitude of his big truck. El Roi watches me as I live my married life. He sees me as I come and go – wherever I go. He sees the desires of my heart. He sees behind the masks I wear in public. He sees the hurts, the wants and the needs of me, His child. He sees the large things and the small things. He sees me as I am. He sees me as I hope to become. He sees me as He knows I am capable of becoming. El Roi sees when I do wrong and when I do right. He sees me through the Blood of Jesus that covers me. He sees me when I please Him and when I fail Him. He sees how I show Him to others. He sees how I react to the ones around me. El Roi – the God who sees – sees what I can’t. He sees the hearts of others; their hurts, their needs, their motives.
As I come to know you, Father as El Roi, give me your eyes that I might see. Let me see what I am missing. Let me see me as you see me. Let me see others as you see them. Let me see You.
Karen Guthrie September 2008
EL ELYON, God Most High The Sovereign God
Controller of the universe, all things exist by your will. You know my future. You have a plan for me. You know my adversary and do not allow him free reign. You hedge me in and offer protection. By your will the history of my life – indeed, the entire world – unfolds before you. You give me the choice to follow you. You will not force your will on me, But allow me to choose to seek you. When I do, I give you joy. You control all the circumstances of my life – both good & bad – and use them to fulfill your will and purpose in my life. Your purpose for my life is to love, honor and praise you. I look forward to eternity with you when I may perfectly worship you. I call you by name, God Most High; you fulfill your purpose for me. You accomplish all things for me. You are my El Elyon, my Sovereign God.
By Karen Guthrie September 24, 2008
I'm super excited to offer you all a new series by a dear sister-in-Christ of ours, Karen Guthrie. She wrote these almost a decade ago while going through Kay Arthur's book, Lord I Want to Know You, which is a study in the names of God. Having recently completed the book myself, I can attest this book is amazing and these prayers that Karen is allowing me to share with you are powerful. Please join me every Monday, starting in June, for the next few months as we approach the throne and beseech the Living God through the many facets of His might character. You won't want to miss this! If you really want to press in, I challenge you to buy the book and go through the names of God yourself as we go through this series. Write down your own prayers to Adonai, El Shaddai, Yahweh, El Elyon, and more.
Below is her introduction letter to you all, please enjoy!
Dear Study Partner,
This collection of prayers began from the second chapter of the book, “Lord, I Want to Know You” by Kay Arthur. On page 11, she suggested that we write a prayer of worship to our creator, that we sing praise to our God and Father as Elohim. Our dear sister, Kathy Maberry, saw my prayer and asked me to share with the class.
Each week the Lord gave me the words to express what I learned from the study during that week. Your encouraging words led me to share the feelings that I had written.
I thank you for your quiet listening, encouraging words and thanksgiving expressed each time I shared with you. I am humbled by your kindness toward me and I pass the praise on to my God who gave me the words and the opportunity.
I pray that I am within the Lord’s will in writing these and in sharing them with you. May they bless you as you read them. And, may you write your own prayers to our God. Prayers of praise and worship that come from your heart are, I know, dear to the Lord.
Thank you, again, for loving God by loving me. God bless you.
Karen Guthrie January, 2008