Yahweh / Jehovah
The name most frequently used in the Old Testament is Jehovah. When the Hebrew heard or read this name, it struck fear, reverence, and humility in them; therefore, out of respect, they often just referred to Jehovah as “the Name.” This tradition continued in the English Bible and the word LORD (in all caps) is used instead of Jehovah.
This name is so essential to God’s people because when Moses spoke with God at the burning bush as to who was sending him to the Israelites, God said: “I am Who I am … Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent you. This is my name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.” (Ex. 3:13-15).
God’s people have given memorial and reverence to this name, and for good reason. The reality behind the name is that God is self-existent; he is the beginning and the end; he is the eternal I Am; he is unchangeable; and he is faithful. Please join with me as we approach Jehovah with reverence in prayer.
O Sovereign God, Lord Jehovah.
The Scriptures attest to You as being the Alpha and the Omega, the eternal I Am, and the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Our catechism attests to You as being infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in Your being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
Indeed, You are Jehovah.
We need to be reminded of Your character whenever we face the uncertainties of life.
May Your name give us confidence in this world of uneasiness and instability.
When we worry about whether a spouse, parent, or child may die, whether our health may fail, whether our job may be taken from us, or whether others may forsake us, we have full assurance that You are everything and anything we will ever need.
Our trust is in You, and we humbly come to You with our needs.
This morning we pray for those whose lives feel uncertain due to loss.
You have called Penni’s mother home to Yourself.
We ask that you embrace Penni and her family with Your grace.
Comfort them and grant them closure as they memorialize the life of Ruth Reid.
We also ask that you continue to comfort the Samuels, Nuwayhids, and others in our midst who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
We pray for those whose lives are uncertain due to health.
We lift up Lisa Whitener as she struggles with the long battle of MS.
Heal her of the blood clot and grant her strength to live for You.
We pray for endurance and strength for her family as well.
For Jim, Joseph, Rod’s grandson Scott, and other loved ones who fight cancer daily, we ask for your healing and mercy.
Grant them all the assurance of Your presence and promises to be with them forever.
We pray for those whose lives are uncertain due to finances.
As our Provider, we ask that You grant them employment and the resources to live wisely and restfully.
We pray for those whose lives are uncertain due to the physical and spiritual threats they face on a daily basis.
Specifically, we pray for our loved ones serving in the military and who face the threat of death on the field of battle.
Reassure them of Your presence to be with them always, never to forsake them.
We pray for our foreign missionaries:
Daniel and Lenah Kithongo,
Joseph and Phoebe Mutei,
Imbumi and Martha Makuku,
Victor and Teresa Cruz (planting churches in Morelos, Mexico), and
Chuck and Alisha Donet (with SIL).
We pray also for our domestic missionaries:
Carol Arnold (with Equipping Pastors International),
David and Holly Clow (with Campus Crusade for Christ),
Mike Dumas (with Good News Jail & Prison Ministries),
Flip and Connie Amon (with Campus Crusade for Christ).
And we pray for our evangelists:
John Barros and
We pray that all these men and women would find rest in You as they face various threats and obstacles in their ministries.
Protect them from evil and multiply their efforts in extending Your rule in this world.
LORD, we may feel uncertain about so many things in life, but we are certain of who You are, the great I Am.
You are the One who has blessed us with all the eternal blessings from heaven through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
So we ask for your blessings on our children.
We ask for your blessing on the Dumas family as they prepare for the birth of their daughter.
We ask for your blessing on your church as we seek to live our our lives here in Oviedo.
May we all return to You the blessings You have given to us.
We have confidence that You will complete the good work that You have started.
We pray in the name above all names,
Jehovah and our Lord Jesus Christ.