12 ways God introduces Himself

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Who is like You, O LORD among the gods?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Exodus 15:11

There is no one like our Father in heaven. God’s name represents all that He is and all that His children need, for He is our loving and gracious Father.

When I introduce myself, I say, “Hi, I’m Karen.” I may continue with, “I’m Kristin’s mother,” or “I am Keith’s wife,” or “I am an adjunct professor.” I usually don’t think of introducing myself in relationship to the other person I’m meeting.

However, when the Lord introduces Himself to us with “I am” in the following 12 verses, His name embodies His relationship to us.

What if we introduced ourselves with a description of how our relationship could be meaningful to the other person? Would that person value our names?

  1. I am the God of Abraham your father. Genesis 26:24
  2. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Genesis 31:13
  3. I am God (El), the God (Elohim) of your father … Genesis 46:3
  4.  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14
  5. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession, I am the LORD  Exodus 6:8, with “I am the LORD” 182 additional times
  6. I am the LORD your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Isaiah 49:26
  7. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35
  8. Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
  9. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. … I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:9, 11
  10. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. John 11:25
  11. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
  12. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Psalm 8:1

Hallowed be Your name! Matthew 6:9

My prayer:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name in our thoughts, in our words, in our actions, in our world. Father, even in the way that You introduce Yourself, You demonstrate that You value us. We know You by Your work, Your Word, Your revelation. You are holy and mighty. Your ways are not our ways and Your thoughts are not our thoughts. They are above the heavens, and, yet, You care about us. O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! Thank You, Father. May Your name be hallowed in all the earth and in the heavens. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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6 Prayer Requests for America

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Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name in America. Father, I pray that America would return to You and make You Lord and Shepherd. I pray that we would revere Your name and honor who You are.

Your Kingdom come.

Father, we ask that Your kingdom would reign in our hearts and in the heart of America as she reels in the midst of this great evil. Give Your people a boldness to proclaim You as King and Lord in their lives and in their actions. Cause America to turn to You.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your will is perfect, holy, and true. Cause America to learn Your will and to desire Your will in this nation.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Father, You know what America needs this day. We need comfort. Give us comfort. Give us a resolve to follow You. We lift up those who have suffered injury, those who have lost a loved one, and the first responders and other heroes who pushed through the horror to save lives and help. Father, America needs comfort today. America needs the Bread of Life today, Jesus! Holy Spirit, quicken America and make her receptive to the true Bread of Life.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Father, America has sinned. We have forsaken Your Word. We have walked away from You. Forgive us. Thank You that Jesus has paid the price of our debt. He took our debts upon Himself on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. We choose to forgive those who have wronged us. Help us, Lord. Have mercy, Father.

Lead us not into temptation (testing), but deliver us from evil.

Father, we mourn this tragedy as well as the hurricane tragedies in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. Deliver America from additional evil. Carry us through these trials and use them to bring us back to You.

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Our Father, You reign in Your people’s lives with power. We honor You and give You glory. Cause America to bow her knee to You, and reign in this great land with power, and we will glorify You.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

 

 

 

 

9 ways to focus our prayers

“Our Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:9

This young woman is earnestly praying, seeking an answer or a blessing. She is focused as tourists walk around her. She is humble, bowed, seated, and barefoot. Yet, her prayers are going nowhere. She is praying before a Buddha.

Those who follow Jesus can pray to the Living God who hears and works all things for good for those who love Him and are called by His name.

He is our Father in heaven. “Heaven” is mentioned 582 times in the King James Version of the Bible.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites prayed to the God of heaven. The title “God of heaven” is mentioned 21 times in the Old Testament and 2 times in the New Testament. I think of this title as a more formal title – one to be revered, one to bow down to.

Jesus introduces us to His Father in heaven and tells us that His Father is our Father. “Our Father in heaven” is mentioned 21 times in the New Testament. I think of this title in a more personal manner, a family relationship. My Father in heaven is the God of heaven … holy, to be revered, to bow down to, and, yet, I can approach Him as my Daddy.

My Father is on His throne in heaven. He is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the Creator of the heavens and earth. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, eternal, unchanging, and lover of my soul. He is my Father.

The Lord is God in the highest realms, and among celestial beings. His throne is set in glory, above all, out of reach of foes, in the place of universal oversight. He who feeds ravens and sparrows is yet the glorious God of the highest realms. Angels count it their glory to proclaim his glory in every heavenly street. See herein the greatness of his nature, the depth of his condescension, and the range of his love. Charles Spurgeon Continue reading