Greetings, and welcome to our sermon series, The Names of God. Thank you for joining us on this 25-week journey. The following daily resources are from Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning of created the heavens and the earth”
Elohim - Is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very first sentence of the Bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember that He is the one who began it all, creating the heavens and the earth and separating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day. The ancient name for God contains the idea of God’s creative power as well as His authority and sovereignty.
Studying the Name
- “Genesis” is a word that can mean “birth”, “history of origin”, or “genealogy.” What can you I observe about who God is from this passage about beginnings?
- What can you observe about the world he has made?
- What do you think it means to be created in “the image of God”?
- How would your life change if you lived with the constant awareness that He created you to bear His image?
- Later in the passage God seems delighted by what He has made, proclaiming it good and even very good. How does God’s assessment of creation shape your own attitude toward the world? Toward yourself?
TUESDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Genesis 1:26-28
Praise God: For His power in creating the heavens and the earth out of absolutely nothing.
Offer Thanks: That God has not only created you, but made you in His own image.
Confess: Any tendency to forget that every human life, including your own, is sacred.
Ask God: To renew your sense of wonder and gratitude for the things he has made.
WEDNESDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Genesis 28:10-22; 35:1-8
Praise God: Because He not only created the world and everyone in it but continues to sustain it through His creative power.
Offer Thanks: For the way God has blessed you with the good things of the earth.
Confess: Any tendency to take God’s earthly blessings for granted.
Ask God: To increase your desire to bless others with the gifts He has given you.
THURSDAY - Praying the Name
Reflect On: Psalm 102:25-27a
Praise God: For His unchanging nature, no matter what happens to us or to the world around us, God remains the same.
Offer Thanks: That our Creator is perfect, nothing could be added to or substrates from Him to improve His nature.
Confess: Any tendency to place God on your own level, as though He is subject to the same laws and limitations of creation as you are.
Ask God: To help you perceive His greatness more fully so that you will stop projecting your own feelings and judgments on Him.
FRIDAY - Promises Associated with God’s Name
When it comes to making promises and keeping them, God is not like any of His flawed creatures. He is absolutely reliable, completely trustworthy, entirely able to follow through on His word. As the Creator He has infinite resources to accomplish His purposes. Remember that when you think about the following promises from His word in Scripture.
“I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Picture, courtesy of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Thank you, and until next time!