Hallowed Be Thy Name
The names of God reveal His nature and character. They also reveal His person and purpose. When we hallow God's name, we are setting Him apart as holy. In fact, to hallow means to make holy - we are setting apart the holiness of God in our hearts and minds. The purpose of this article is to look at the great names of God, and to apply them during our times of prayer.
You will recall that when Moses met God at the burning bush, he asked the Lord His name. God answered Moses with the statement,
"...I AM THAT I AM..." Through this reply God revealed His character, His being and His person. Names meant much more in biblical days than they do today, and we will look at the significance of the redemptive names of God. Each name reveals God's character.
First, concentrate on the name of Jesus as you pray!
We Come in Prayer to the Father through Jesus' Name:
In JOHN 16:23 we read,
"Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." Heaven moves through the name of Jesus! It is the name of power and authority, the name which destroys the works of the enemy! Jesus gave His disciples the instruction that they were to pray to the Father in His name. Jesus is our Mediator, our Intercessor before the Throne of Heaven. What a wonderful security for us to have, knowing that Jesus stands before God on our behalf.
We Have the Right to Use Jesus' Name:
As we are born into God's family we are given the right to use the name of Jesus. Notice that Christ's commission of MATTHEW 28:19 refers to,
"...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." We are baptized into the family of God in the name of Jesus, for in ACTS 2:38 Peter preached,
"...Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...". Therefore, we inherit the right to use the name of Jesus through salvation.
How the Name of Jesus is Used:
As we study God's Word we will notice how the name of Jesus was used in various human situations and circumstances. For example, the healing of the cripple in ACTS 3 came through faith in the name of Jesus. Please look at Verse 6 of this particular chapter,
"Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." The apostles spoke the name of Jesus to this situation, and a miracle occurred.
Secondly, scripture tells us that signs will follow those that believe in the name of Jesus. In MARK 16:17 we read
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they ..."
Some Bible scholars suggest that a punctuation error was made in the translation of this verse by the scribes. The thought is that a comma should have been placed after the word 'name', and not where it presently stands after the word 'believe'. The verse would then read,
"And these signs shall follow them that believe in my name..."
If you believe in the name of Jesus, signs will follow you. In His name you will cast out demons (MARK 16:17), you will speak with other tongues, you will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
I believe that each one of us must walk in the authority of the name of Jesus. If you are to do this, the devil can have no victory in your life. We are told in JAMES 4:7 to resist the devil and he will flee! We resist the enemy through the name of Jesus, as we draw nigh to the Father.
Thirdly, we are to gather in His name! Look at the beautiful promise of Christ in MATTHEW 18:20,
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." When we gather in His name, Jesus will be there. Likewise, we must do everything in the power and strength of His name (COLOSSIANS 3:17). This is the key to victory in whatever situation we face...
As I declare my action in Christ's name, He will help me! Whatever I have to do, I will do it in His name - this can be the only way to a happy and successful life. The name of Jesus speaks the authority of God the Father, it speaks authority to anything on earth and it speaks authority into the depths of hell!
Fourthly, I am to give thanks in His name. In EPHESIANS 5:20 we read,
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." So therefore, I can thank and praise Him for whatever I will do in His name.
Finally, my greatest confession is in His name! We can confess that we are saved, we can confess that we are justified, we can confess that we are sanctified through His name! 1 CORINTHIANS 6:11 says,
"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." In this light we can pray,
"Jesus, I confess I am righteous through Your name!"
"Jesus, I confess that I am saved through Your name!"
"Jesus, I confess that signs will follow me as I declare Your name to every situation I face!"
"Jesus, I confess that through Your name I have authority and power over the works of the devil."
The Names of God:
Having prayed in the name of Jesus, I would now concentrate on the great redemptive names of God. Indeed, you could easily spend all your time pondering over the names of God as you pray, but for the purpose of brevity, we shall look at just a few of these names.
Jehovah Jireh - My Provider:
God revealed Himself to Abraham as Jehovah Jireh in GENESIS 22:14. It is interesting to note that this revelation came to Abraham in a time of severe testing. When you discover how this name applies to you, you will know that God not only met Abraham's needs, but also desires to meet your needs. When you pray, believe you will see God's provision in your life.
Jehovah Ropheka - God the Healer:
EXODUS 15:26 is our key verse here. Notice that it declares,
"...I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." This scripture deals with divine health. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why I believe in God's power to heal, because it is one of His redemptive names.
Jehovah Nissi - God My Banner:
In EXODUS 17:15 we read,
"And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi." This redemptive name actually deals with gaining a victory over the flesh. The Lord is our banner against the attack of the enemy! God is our banner in the midst of spiritual warfare.
Jehovah Shalom - God Sends Peace:
This was the declaration of Gideon in JUDGES 6:24. It was a time of persecution for Israel by the Mideanites, and Gideon confessed God as the sender of peace. We too have the right to claim the peace of God for our lives.
Jehovah Rohi - God My Shepherd:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." This is the confession of David as He discovered the shepherd heart of God. As our shepherd, God is our protector, our provider and our security. I will often go through the whole of this Psalm and declare what God can be to my life. Quote these scriptures - they are powerful!
El Shaddai - God the Source of Strength, The Creator of Bounty:
I am particularly fond of declaring the name 'El Shaddai' as I pray. In GENESIS 17:1 God is revealed as El Shaddai - the God of supply. It is used in relation to Abraham as God called him to walk out alone before Him. The promise here was one of bountiful supply, in return for Abraham's obedience. This was a promise revealed through Abraham for all men!
Basically, this name is derived from the word 'field' as the fields produce abundance. It also signifies nourishment and productivity. In this sense, God is revealed as the one who is more than enough. He is the ALL Sufficient, and when you pray the name El Shaddai, you are saying, "God, You are more than enough to meet my needs in each situation!"
The name El Shaddai is also used in REVELATION 4:8; REVELATION 11:17; REVELATION 15:3 and REVELATION 16:7, referring to the cataclysmic events of the last days. The beautiful truth discovered here is that even in the midst of these horrific times, God revealed Himself by this name.
Elohim - God of Greatness, Power and Glory:
This is the very first name of God encountered in the Bible. It occurs in GENESIS 1:1,
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." 'El' is the root word of 'Elohim', and describes God's greatness and glory. It also displays His power and sovereignty. It is the most frequently occurring name of God in the Bible, being used some 2,500 times.
"Father, I thank You that You are indeed great and powerful! I worship You. You are great and glorious."
by Reginald Klimionok
Dr. R. Klimionok is Senior Pastor of the Evangelistic Temple in Houston, Texas. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Church Growth International.
Source: "Church Growth"