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El Roi

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Greetings, and welcome to your weekly devotional series on the mighty and powerful El Roi! The following resources are from Ann Spangler’s book, Praying the Names of God.

Genesis 16:13-14
So she named the Lord who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, “Have I really seen here the One who sees me?” That is why she named the spring, “A well of the Living One Who Sees Me.” It is located between Kadesh and Bered.

 El Roi:
An Egyptian slave, Hagar encountered God in the desert and addressed Him as El Roi, “the God who sees me.” Notably, this is the only occurrence of El Roi in the Bible. Hagar’s God is the one who numbers the hairs on our heads and who knows your circumstances, past, present, and future. When you pray to El Roi, you are praying to the one who knows everything about you.

 Studying the Name - Genesis 16:1-16
In the ancient world it was not uncommon for an infertile wife to arrange for a slave girl to sleep with her husband so that the family could have an heir. In fact, Ishmael, the son born to Abraham and Hagar, would have been considered Sarah’s legal offspring. Hagar learned that El Roi was watching over her and that He had a plan to bless her and her son.

 Why do you think the angel of the Lord began his communication with Hagar by questioning her?

 Describe what Hagar must have been feeling when she fled from Sarah into the desert. Now describe circumstances in your own life that may have produced similar emotions.

What images come immediately to mind when you hear the name El Roi, “The God who sees me”?

TUESDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Genesis 16:1-14
 Praise God: For His eye is on the sparrow.
 Offer Thanks: For God’s watchful care.
 Confess: Any tendency to accuse God of abandoning you.
 Ask God: To increase your awareness of His presence.

 WEDNESDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Genesis 21:1-21
 Praise God: For faithfully hearing your prayers.
 Offer Thanks: For God’s timely help.
Confess: Your disbelief despite the evidence of God’s past faithfulness.
 Ask God: To hear your cries for help.

 THURSDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Psalm 33:13-22
 Praise God: Because He loves to help the poor and the oppressed.
 Offer Thanks: For all the ways God has protected you.
Confess: Any self-centeredness and lack of concern for the needy of this world.
 Ask God: To grieve your heart with the things that grieve His.

 FRIDAY - Promises Associated with God’s Name
Even the most watchful parent must sleep. But scripture makes it clear God never slumbers, never looks one way while we head off in another, never misses a millisecond of what is happening on earth.

 2 Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him."

Psalm 121:3, 5-8
"He will not let your foot slip, He who watches over you will not slumber."  5-8: "The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

 Proverbs 15:3
"The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good."