A lot of you have asked me about my name. You probably haven’t seen my name spelled this way, or pronounced this way. My name is Tania, and you pronounce it like Tanya Tucker, the country music singer. I asked my mom where she came up with my name, and she told me that one of her relatives married a lady whose daughter had that name. Mom said that she always loved the name, so she went with that. I asked her if she had a different name before deciding on that one, and she told me that they had picked out the name Wendy. Mom couldn’t remember who the name was for, but it was for either my sister or me. It had to have been for my very “windy” talking sister. Lol! It couldn’t have possibly been me. Hahaha!
Are you wondering what any of this has to do with a Sunday faith and devotional type of post? Last week, I talked about you having to open the door for the Lord, and how He would call out your name. This week, I wanted to talk about how you could call out to the Lord. Our method of communication with the Lord is through prayer. I don’t know about you, but prayer is something that I’ve struggled with over the years. In the Bible, Jesus gave us an example of how to pray, and that is known as The Lord’s Prayer.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
I’ve looked at this prayer and recited it many times over the years. But, in all of the times that I’ve said this prayer, it never dawned on me that this was a “blueprint” on how to say a prayer, and not “THE” prayer that I had to say. But, Jesus said, “this is HOW you should pray,” not that this is WHAT you should pray.
The first thing that we start with is calling out His name. Jesus said that He is “OUR” Father, and not “MY” Father. So, calling the Lord is our Father, but He is a LOT more! I thought that I might share a few of the “names” that refer to OUR Father.
Luke 2:11 and Matthew 1:1
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
The Good Shepherd
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
The name above all names
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There are hundreds of names in the Bible that represent the Lord, and these are only scratching the surface. Do you have a special name for the Lord? Be sure to share it with the rest of us so that we can add it to our list of names.
Have A Blessed Day?