Do you know His name?
Does it matter?
Well, how do you open up to someone you don’t know? You can’t.
So if we don’t know who we are praying to, it’s a waste of time to talk about conversational prayer.
To know someone by name means more than pronouncing their name. Knowing them includes knowing their character. Are they trustworthy? Can they keep confidences? Do they love you unconditionally?
Who is this God I’m praying to? What’s His name got to do with conversational prayer?
To truly know God the Father’s name we need to go back to the Old Testament. I don’t know about you but I was taught years ago you could not find any mention of the heavenly Father in the Old Testament because the heavenly Father was only revealed in the New Testament.
I wrote a book called Praying John 17 | How to Thrive in Your Relationship with Jesus. I received revelation from the Holy Spirit while writing that book, that the heavenly Father is mentioned many times in the Old Testament.
When you talk about God to others, I wonder what God they think you are talking about. Did you ever think about that?
Warren M. Marcus, a Messianic Jewish believer and an avid student of the Bible says, “The English words God and Lord do not define who the one true God of Israel is. For instance, Buddhists refer to Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. The Hindus worship some thirty-three million gods and goddesses.”
When you begin to understand who your heavenly Father truly is by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and begin praying to the Living God of Israel, (your heavenly Father), you are praying to the one true God of Israel.
“For you have not received the spirit of slavery again to fear. But you have received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we car, “Abba, Father.” ~ Romans 8:15
Abba is the Hebrew term for “Daddy.” When was the last time you called your heavenly Father “Daddy”? It’s OK to see yourself as a little child when you go before your heavenly Father.
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying, “Abba Father!” ~ Galatians 4:6
“I made the earth, formed it, and set it in place. My name is the LORD. This is what the LORD says: Call to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.” ~ Jeremiah 33:2-3
What we see here is that the hidden sacred name of the one true God is actually in the original Hebrew Scriptures. In the above scripture, God calls out to us to seek Him and speak to Him in prayer.
Sounds like conversational prayer to me.
Well, how do you call out to someone if you don’t know his or her name? A good question isn’t it? Say my husband and I get separated in a large room packed with other people, and I can’t find him, what do I do? I call out his name, “Dick, where are you?”
In the same way, if we say we have a close-knit relationship with the one true God, (our heavenly Father), yet we don’t truly know His name, how intimate can that be?
I must confess since praying through John 17 and seeing Jesus manifest the Father’s character and the indwelling Holy Spirit, my life has been radically transformed like never before.
Before I pictured God my heavenly Father sitting in heaven on a great BIG throne, far-flung out in space and hard to approach directly. But as I continued my search over the years, and praying John 17 I have discovered that His desire is to make Himself known to me.
He wants you to know Him in a close-knit way. He’s always reaching out to you, desirous to communicate with you face-to-face, longing to impart His very person, His character, His power and authority upon you in a supernatural way.
That what’s conversational prayer is all about.
Jesus knew the Father’s name when He said,
“Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what he sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise, the Son does.” ~ John 5:19
“For I have not spoken on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” ~John 12:49
What I want you to see is that Jesus was the living character of God the Father for us to see!
Remember we are yoked to Jesus and He will not be mad with you, abuse you, or have a short fuse with you. Since you are yoked with Jesus you have the covering of the name of the Father over you and in you by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Marcus, a Messianic Jewish believer says,
“In Hebrew thinking, a name isn’t a label or a tool merely used to distinguish one person from another. A person’s name is viewed as equivalent to the person himself.
A person’s name signifies their person, worth, character, reputation, authority, will, and ownership. Everything they have and everything they are is reflected in their name.”
Jesus came to reveal the name of the Father. So who do we go to, to know the Father’s name? I came across this Scripture years ago that answers that question.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” ~ Luke 10:22
I’ve come to know Jesus is the one who shows us who the Father is because He knows the Father’s name. He didn’t learn it out of a book. He was with the Father before the foundation of the world. How do I know that? Jesus tells us in John 17. Oh what glory,
“THE GLORY I HAD WITH YOU BEFORE THE WORLD WAS” (J0hn 17:5)
Awesome isn’t it
THE PRIESTLY PRAYER OF THE BLESSING
22Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
23“Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying,
‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
24The LORD bless you, and keep you;
25The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
26The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
27 “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel,
and I then will bless them.”
It didn’t take very long to read these verses, did it?
But now I want you to see the enlarged translation of the Priestley Prayer of the Blessing. When I saw this, it took my conversational prayer to a deeper level.
THE LORD BLESS YOU. . .
May YHWH (the one true God) kneel before you (making Himself available to you as your heavenly Father) so He can grant or bestow upon you His promises and gifts.
THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. . .
May YHWH, (your heavenly Father) guard you with a hedge of thorny protection that will prevent Satan and all your enemies from harming your body, soul, mind, and spirit, your loved ones, and all your possessions.
THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU. . .
May YHWH, (your heavenly Father) illuminate the wholeness of His being toward you, continually bringing to you order, so that you will fulfill your G-D given destiny and purpose.
AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO YOU. . .
May YHWH, (your heavenly Father) provide you with perfect love and fellowship, never leaving you, and give you sustenance, provision, and friendship.
THE LORD LIFT HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU…
May YHWH, (your heavenly Father) lift up and carry His fullness of being toward you (bringing everything that He has to your aid), supporting you with His divine embrace and His entire being.
AND GIVE YOU PEACE…
May YHWH, (your heavenly Father) set in place all you need to be whole and complete so you can walk in victory, moment by moment, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May He give you supernatural health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfection, fullness, rest, and harmony, as well as the absence of agitation and discord.
This translation of the Priestly Prayer of the Blessing in Numbers is taken from “The PRIESTLY PRAYER of the BLESSING – The Ancient Secret of the Only Prayer in the Bible written by GOD HIMSELF” – by Warren M. Marcus.
We can’t make “bless” mean what we want it to mean but what the Father says it means. What a heavenly Father you have. One who desires to bless you.
I don’t know about you but I want to know this one, the one true God. I want to take my conversational prayer life deeper. How about you?
My heavenly Father, enlarge my capacity to spiritually understand Your name because I want to deepen my conversations with You.