Praying the names of God

Originally, a name designated character.  That is, it represented the kind of person someone was to be.  God's names reveal to us something of His character. These are the names He gave Himself.   These names reveal to us what God chooses to show us about Himself.


Old Testament Names for God


ELOHIM:  meaning "God", a reference to God's power and might. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 19:1)


ADONAI:  meaning "Lord", a reference to the Lordship of God. (Malachi 1:6) 


JEHOVAH-YAHWEH:  a reference to God's divine salvation.  (Genesis 2:4) 


JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEM: meaning "The Lord thy sanctifier" (Exodus 31:13)


JEHOVAH-ROHI: meaning "The Lord my shepherd"  (Psalm 23:1) 


JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH: meaning "The Lord who is present" (Ezekiel 48:35)


JEHOVAH-RAPHA: meaning "The Lord our healer" (Exodus 15:26)


JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU: meaning "The Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6)


JEHOVAH-JIREH: meaning "The Lord will provide" (Genesis 22:13-14)


JEHOVAH-NISSI: meaning "The Lord our banner" (Exodus 17:15)


JEHOVAH-SHALOM: meaning "The Lord is peace" (Judges 6:24)


JEHOVAH-SABBAOTH: meaning "The Lord of Hosts" (Isaiah 6:1-3) 


JEHOVAH-GMOLAH: meaning "The God of Recompense" : (Jeremiah 51:6)


EL-ELYON: meaning "The most high God (Genesis 14:17-20, Isaiah 14:13-14)


EL-ROI: meaning "The strong one who sees" (Genesis 16:13)


EL-SHADDAI: meaning "The God of the mountains or God Almighty" (Genesis 17:1,Psalm 91:1)


EL-OLAM: meaning "The everlasting God" (Isaiah 40:28-31) 



Scriptures tell us that we are to praise His name:


·       "From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised."  Psalm 113:3 (NKJV)


·       "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,"  Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)


·       "O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! " Psalm 8:1 (NKJV)


·       "Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name." Psalm 29:2 (NKJV)


·       "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together." Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)


·       "According to Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness." Psalm 48:10 (NKJV)


·       "They shall sing to your name." Psalm 66:4 (NKJV)


·       "And Blessed be His glorious name forever." Psalm 72:19 (NKJV)


·       "Be thankful to Him and bless His name." Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)


·       "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name." Psalm 103:1 (NKJV)


·       "Every day I will bless you, And I will praised your Name forever and ever." Psalm 145:2 (NKJV)